A Good Man Is Hard to Find O'Conner Essay example

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Flannery O'Conner's Analysis: A Good Man is Hard To Find & A Displaced Person

"Through her assortment of unpalatable characters and violent actions,
O'Connor tries to show grace at work in the world. According to her beliefs Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, has shown that God so loved the world that He became man Himself. Yet this God is not accepted by men, so they have to be shocked into a recognition of their need for Him and the salvation He offers." (MAYER, 1976) In this analysis I will explain how O'conner uses the two stories "A Good Man is Hard To Find" & "A Displaced Person" to open the eyes of her readers about God and his salvation as Mayer said above. The body of works of Ms. Flannery O'Conner is absolutely
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The Grandmother displays the proper image of a southern Christian woman in the presence of other people. Her clothing, her perfection, and her attitude are perceived as truly religious. In reality, the grandmother is exceedingly selfish and corrupt morally. She preaches and gives sermons throughout the story yet in the face of danger she thinks only of herself. O'Conner writes “…the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collar and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace, and at her neckline, she pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (O'Conner, 2007). She is obviously over dressed for a road trip, again it pin points the grandmother's obsession with materials. Grandmother uses gender roles, “you wouldn’t shoot a lady would you,”(O'Conner, 2007) and religious images to try to save herself. She preaches and prays to the Misfit as if he is Jesus, “Jesus…you’ve got good blood, Jesus you ought not to shoot a lady” (O'Conner, 2007). She radiates an aura of holiness at the same time sounding self-serving. Towards the end of the story the characters seemed to realize their upcoming fate. This realization for their upcoming fate made the characters, especially the grandma; renounce their fate,
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