Flannery O'connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Religion continuously proves itself as the most resilient institution alive today; men live in its shadow, die in its honor, and torture in its name. More often than what followers would like to admit, several churches are notorious for persecuting individuals with different mentalities, as well as sexual and social behaviors. Despite the injustice, a blossom of hope continues to bud in the frigid environment. Individuals from religious factions realize that it is faith and acceptance, not conformity, which makes their institution strong. Flannery O’ Connor was a woman who saw the hate and intolerance of some religious practices and sought to change it. Her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a call-to-action for society because it conveys the importance of acceptance through its characters and resolution.
In addition to demonstrating the value of tolerance, the Grandmother is the first character who serves as a caveat for the public in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Throughout the story, the Grandmother attempts to present herself as the archetypical “good”, spiritual old woman. Ironically, she is a particularly repugnant human being. She is set in her archaic mentalities, pretentious, and selfish. In the beginning, her egotism becomes evident when she rejects her family’s desires to go to Florida and insists on traveling to Tennessee, where she could, “visit some of her connections” (O’ Connor 61). Irving Malin, professor and literary critic, also notes that the Grandmother is an unpleasant because she, “…forces her family to obey her… [and] she sees them as an extension of herself…” (Bloom 21). Although she processes a blatant disregard for others, she still considers herself highly. Furthermore, the Grandmother is also nauseatingly conceited. She asserts her “high” status by over-dressing, and reminiscing about her privileged life (O’ Connor 62, 63). Throughout the story, the grandmother looks down upon others− which even further accentuates her racism. Evidence of this charming trait occurs when the Grandmother begins to lecture the children and ignorantly claims that “People did right [in her time]…,” but then exclaims “Oh look at the cute little pickaninny,” (O’ Connor 62). Her statement is a perfect example of her hypocrisy; she claims that people used to do right, yet her racist remark is evidence otherwise. In “When Good Characters do Bad Things”, an analysis of morally ambiguous characters, K. Krakowiak and B. Oliver, the authors, claim that, “Once people form affective dispositions towards characters, they begin to anticipate outcomes for [them]..” that are set for the rest of the story (Krakowiak, Oliver 118). In the Grandmother’s case, her foul personality inspires people to hope for perdition. The religious grandmother’s despicable nature is a ploy to evoke self-reflection in those like her. By associating negative qualities to a character who possesses no tolerance, the Grandmother indirectly stresses the worth of it and,...

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