The Complex Idea Of Good And The Power Of Faith

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Benjy Herrmann
Paper #3
October 27, 2016
GESM 110
12:30-1:50 TTh
The Complex Idea of Good and the Power of Faith Violence, specifically with murder, is inherently morally wrong in the vast majority of cases. But through analysis of Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, Kenny and Tub in Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow,” and the Grandma and The Misfit in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the traditional sides of good and bad in a murder are blurred. One of the most important ideas seen throughout these pieces is the role of faith (or lack thereof) in decisions, whether in a life or death situation or in general, and that the question of what exactly makes a moral, good individual is not a simple one. As the idiom ‘there is more than meets the eye’ suggests, there has yet to be a completely pure, good human, despite how they might first appear. Despite the contributions of the other characters, The Misfit is the best character to convey these themes, as his struggle with faith in the story requires complex analysis, as the individual presents multiple angles to both the reader and the grandmother. The Misfit is first introduced in the first paragraph of O’Connor’s short story, as Grandma tells her family of the notorious killer who has just escaped from prison (O’Connor 1042). While a fair assumption, The Misfit is immediately established as an antagonist and an immoral individual. He then is not mentioned until right before Pitty
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