Analysis Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, the definition of good can only be determined if we understand two things, the typical definition of good and what to make of the main character known as the Grandmother. The definition of good should first be noted as, “that which is morally right; righteousness.” This will be the analysis of the grandmother and the ultimate decision as to the definition of good throughout this story. In the Secular Meaning in ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find,’ the discussion of the grandmother’s inherent goodness is discussed. “The more common view is the one sanctioned by O'Connor that, limited though she is, the grandmother is granted a moment of illumination during which she realizes the emptiness of her…show more content…
Stephen Gresham explains it best, “In good fiction, things buried don't remain buried. More precisely than nearly anyone else I've read, Flannery O'Connor knew this, practiced this. It seems to me that she also knew how fate works--that in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" the grandmother's fate does not arrive from the outside but rather emerges from within, from the ruins of her past and her faulty memory.” Meaning that the Grandmother’s continuous bad behavior and rude interactions with other characters were always meant to come back to her, similar as to how fate and justice always come back. In these implications, the buried traits of the grandmother that was continuously ignored is finally brought to the table in the last few pages. In Stephen Bandy’s article titled “‘One Of My Babies’: The Misfit and the Grandmother”, the author argues that the short story is not based on Christian values, but quite the opposite. While focusing on the two main characters in this story to support his argument, Bandy also points out that the Grandmother and the Misfit have some sort of influence on each other since the beginning of the story. The Grandmother being the motive for the Misfit’s ‘rebellious’ behavior, and the Misfit being the reason why the Grandmother lives such a hypocritical lifestyle, despite her “Christian” lifestyle.” He even continues to
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