Symbolism In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Toba Beta, author of Master of Stupidity, quotes, “An accusing heart couldn't see her own sins.” This is true for the grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, who is quick to point out the sins of others but only recognizes her own sins at the end of a gun barrel. This points out a main theme of the story, that some people are quicker to show others lies and sins than their own, and how sometimes the most judgemental of people are also the most sinnful. Grandma and Red are the best example of characters that judge others, yet they seem to sin more than the others, with a prime example being Red beating his wife and grandma attempting to save only herself while her family is getting shot in the woods. O’Connery shows through symbolism, the concept of sin and the characters sins, and through grandma’s final acceptance of her sin, that “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is truly about religious acceptance and repentance, and how it is never too late to repent, even in your final moments. The religious symbolism in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is not hard to find. From the hippie name of June Star to the name John Wesley, who was also the founder of the Methodist church. Another big piece of symbolism is the lack of women names in the story, with all the females being referred to as mother, Red’s wife, or grandma, with only June Star having a name. This lack of women's names is symbolic, with O'Connor trying to express how women have been religiously treated as less than men,
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