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This week we were assigned to read A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. The story itself is difficult to categorize as it can be interpreted in various ways. This descriptive story has numerous biblical references towards the end that refer to the grace of god. A small but impactful emphasis on racism is evident early in. This is seen in the grandmother who regularly uses the words negro and nigger.
Early in, during their drive towards Florida, the grandmother notices that a young negro child and tells her grandchildren that “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do.” (O’Connor, pg. 486) she once again uses similar words when she was telling the children about her watermelon being eaten by a negro child. The way she spoke with her family, casually using
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Per Christianity, anyone is granted salvation by the hand if he bestows upon them grace. However, the grandmother fits the role of evil more than her own perceived view of good. She constantly lied to her grandchildren, manipulated them and her son bailey believes that she is the most righteous person presented in the story. This arrogance is what leads her to believe that she could impose her religious views on the misfit. She tried to instruct him on prayer which he refuses and she denies the actions of Jesus only in fear of what the misfit would do to her. The misfit is similar as he doesn’t feel as though there is real pleasure and life only meanness. The two however had a moment that suggest that they could be saved. When she told him that “Why you’re one of my babies. You’re one of my own children!” (O’Connor pg. 493) she realized that he could not impose he will upon him and must see him as equal human being while the misfit was shocked by her words and stating that there is no pleasure in at all instead of his previous
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