A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories Essay

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“A Good Man is Hard to Find” And Other Stories Flannery O’Connor is considered one of the best short story writers in American Literature, and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, which depicts the horrific murder of a family by a group of escaped convicts led by a notorious killer called The Misfit, is considered one of O’Connor’s best short stories. O’Connor was a Roman Catholic from the Bible-belt South (Georgia), and we never forget this in her stories because she infused her fiction with local color, through her skillful presentation of regional dialect. The purpose of many of O’Connor’s short stories was to reveal the mystery of God’s grace in everyday life. What was weird about her approach in revealing the mystery of God was, being a Roman Catholic, she chose to depict salvation through shocking, often violent action upon characters that are spiritually or physically grotesque. O’Connor’s depiction of salvation and the other grotesques she presents in her stories prompted some critics to classify O’Connor as nihilist, even though she claims to be catholic. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, O’Connor reveals the mystery of God’s grace through the grandmother. She has lived a life that has been petty, materialistic, and selfish. After changing her family’s mind to avoid going to Florida because of an escape convict, she prompts them to travel elsewhere. The family eventually gets into a car accident and to their misfortune come across The Misfit. She witnesses her entire family gets murdered and pleads to The Misfit to pray with her. He complains that Jesus offers him no hope because he symbolizes a fallen sinner. The grandmother feels his pain and realizes she loves him like one of her own children. The grandmother moves in to comfort The Misfit, but he recoils and shoots her three times in

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