O ' Connor 's A Good Man

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Flannery O’Connor has written multiple books pertaining to the two topics she knows best, southern living and the Catholic religion. Most of O 'Connor 's writings focus on humanity 's biggest question. “What is required to attain salvation?” Growing up as a devout Roman-Catholic, O’Connor is able to shed some light into a question that even scholars of the Christian faith are unable to answer. Although O 'Connor has multiple books, the one that answers the many questions surrounding salvation best, is A Good Man is Hard to Find. Throughout A Good Man is Hard to Find, O’Connor provides her readers with multiple allegories that allude to her beliefs of humans being nothing more than fallen, depraved creatures capable of redemption and salvation. In the beginning of the story, O’Connor introduces a somewhat typical family preparing for vacation with their grandmother. During their preparation, the family illustrates just how disjointed and manipulative they truly are. In fact, in an attempt to get her own way, the grandmother tries to scare the family into going to Tennessee instead of Florida, with the news of a killer who escaped prison. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is loose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people”.(O’Connor 575). The grandmother 's tactic represents the selfish and manipulative tendencies of humanity. Unafraid of an escaped killer, the family decides to embark on their
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