a Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find When Misfit says: “She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life" he means that it took the grandmother’s very life being threatened for her to have an epiphany and actually embrace her religion’s message of the gospel that God’s grace was for everyone—including Misfit that she had merely claimed to believe up until the very end. In that moment just before her death, she recognizes him as her child and therefore a child of God. She had been a hypocrite up until that point and all of her pleadings for him to pray were for the sake of her own welfare and not concern for his soul. She was trying to manipulate him. She barely even reacted to the obvious murder of her own son. Her hypocrisy was made clear to Misfit when she said: “Maybe he didn’t raise the dead” in response to his machinations as to whether or not Christ raised the dead. She also said “Jesus as though cursing” revealing her true character. Since he jumped back as though he was bitten by a snake when she touched him, I believe that his realization that she would have been a good woman was actually hindsight. He certainly didn’t plan to make her a good woman. He simply acknowledged that it was only the threat of death that woke her up to her own mortality and the importance (personal reality) of her religious faith. Misfit said: “Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead.” Then he reveals his confusion by saying that whether or not Jesus rose the dead meant that one was left with the choice to either “throw away everything and follow Him” or “enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can—by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness.” He was an extremist—a black or white thinker. If he had believed that Jesus had raised the dead he would

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