A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

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A prolific writer, famously known as Flannery O’Connor in 1953, wrote the short narrative titled “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (Scott 2). However, it was published two years later in 1955, in her second collection of short stories. This particular collection presented the author as a key voice in the ancient American literature world until she met her sudden death in 1964 when she was only 39. The collection also won her tremendous fame, especially concerning her unmatchable creativity and mastery of short narratives (Seel 211). Interestingly, Flannery O’Connor considered all her works realistic and extremely cynical, despite the fact she also incorporated the use of fiction as a style in her works. In addition, her works were fundamentally…show more content…
O’Connor’s short narrative also seems to present the theme of possible unbelievable change in an individual. For instance, it is quite strange that the old woman seems to sympathize with the same man, Misfit, who has just murdered all the members of her family and is also just about to kill her (Eder 47). This sudden and unimaginable transformation in the heart is certainly unusual and cannot just be accepted by the society. However, Flannery O’Connor’s could probably be using this situation to illustrate the role played by religion in making people acquire good morals. This could be associated with the author’s strong belief in Roman Catholicism and Christianity. In particular, the author seems to be driving to the fact that religion can make us good and help make us come into terms with some happenings that are not just unbearable in the society. This is definitely based on the Christian belief that the faulty can always be made faultless and that sinners are redeemed from their sinful ways by the blood of Jesus Christ (Eder 16). In the story, the old woman reaches out to Misfit as if he was her own son and tells him that he ought to know about Jesus Christ and he would be transformed. Such religious or Christianity-based connotations are a common features in Flannery O’Connor’s pieces of work. Based on this fact, we could argue that the author in her short tale wanted her readers to believe
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