Irony In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Caitlin Hancock English 203 April 15, 2011 A Good Christian is Hard to Find In A Good Man is Hard to Find, there was a hint of irony in the story due to the fact that the Misfit seemed to have a better idea of what it meant to be a Christian than the grandmother did. Flannery O’Connor was a very religious author and often made her characters experience a moment of grace at the end of the story. This leads me to believe that the “good man” mentioned in the title is actually a reference to God. The grandmother considers herself to be a good Christian. However, her focus on this topic seems to be based solely on appearance. She thinks wearing nice clothes and having a great outer shell makes her somewhat of a better person. Although…show more content…
I think this is true in many cases. Everyone, most of the time, believes they are right in their ways no matter how wrong they might actually be. In the text, the grandmother says, “ ‘In my time…People did right…’” (O’Connor, 1202). This is a perfect of example of the grandmother thinking the way she was raised, and the things she was taught, is the best method of being a “good man.” In order for the grandma to make herself believe she was in fact a perfect Christian, she had to convince herself that she was the ideal…show more content…
He was a robber and murdered many people. Yet, he had no moral pretensions or hypocrisy surrounding what he did. He seemed to be more honest with himself and what he was doing instead of hiding his true colors underneath a thick shield of a clouded version of Christianity. In her desire to control all things around her, the grandmother eventually leads her family to a dead end. She knows what is happening to her family members as they are taken away, but she only seems to worry about her own life. This allows us to see that the grandmother is uncaring and selfish. Even though she is a victim in this tragic event, she is also somewhat of the person who caused it. After all, she is the one who chose that specific route, but that could just be a sick twist of fate. Throughout the story, we constantly hear of the grandmother’s judgmental views of the misfit. However, when she is faced with her death in the end, her hypocritical side shines through. She tells the Misfit that they are in the same category; that they are both good people. The grandmother, in her way of pleading, tries to convince the Misfit that he is indeed a “good man” even though she thought of him as a terrible person before he held her life in his

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