Compare And Contrast A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Young Goodman Brown

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Both “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Young Goodman Brown” contain the themes of the nature of sin and redemption. Each author’s religious background is reflected in their works. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, O’Connor tells a story in which the main character, Grandmother, is overly concerned with how people with perceive her. Hawthorne’s writing voices the story of a man, Goodman Brown, who is conflicted with his religion after seeing everyone around him turn to evil. In both of these stories, we see man struggle with religion, the sin of man, and how decisions can change our lives forever.

Both authors come from religious backgrounds. Flannery O’Connor, living in the South for most of her life was a devout Catholic. She worked religion into many if not all of her writing. Even through her challenging battles with lupus, O’Connor still made it to mass on a regular basis. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, was raised by a strict Puritan family. Hawthorne’s original name was “Hathorne”, but he added the “w” to his name to distance himself from family members who were involved in the Salem Witch Trials. Mutually, these authors both incorporated religion into their works to convey messages to the reader. However, it is believed that Hawthorne was not a practicing Puritan, whereas O’Connor was firm in her religion.

In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, Grandmother and her family are going on a vacation to Florida even though the Grandmother warned them

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