Grace Settles Within Essay

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Anna Ivory Mr. Rowan English 1B 3 29 2012 Grace Settles Within In Flannery O’Connor’s southern gothic, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the grandmother in the story and The Misfit are both recipients of grace, despite their many flaws, sins, and weaknesses. Religion plays a vital role in the brutal actions within this gothic story through the anger and questions it stirs up; angering The Misfit and causing him to go on a killing rampage. This seemingly harmless story starts out by a discussion of a family road trip to Florida . The outspoken Grandmother begs the family not to travel to Florida, explaining they have already been there, but to travel east of Tennessee instead. Having convincing her clan to do so; she, beloved son Bailey, his wife and their two children John Wesley and June Star pile high in their caravan and descend into the hot southern air for a seemingly harmless vacation. The grandmother is a traditional southern woman, who disgraces her grandchildren when they want to ,” …go through Georgia fast so we don’t have to look at it much” –John Wesley (262). She hastily responds with, “ In my time children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then.” (262). The Grandma first brings up the story of the Misfit while they stop for lunch at Red Sammy’s BBQ , she boldly asks the waitress,“ Did you read about that criminal, The Misfit, that’s escaped?”(271) .The Grandmother is evidently the most intrigued about The Misfit, even when the waitress begins to talk about him her husband Red Sammy is quick to dismiss such ideas rendering them irrelevant. According to Christian theology, humans are granted deliverance through God’s grace; which God freely bestows on even the least likely recipients. In other words, God has the power to allow even bad
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