The Grandmother Of O ' Connor 's Story Is A Religious Woman

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On the contrary, the grandmother in O’Connor’s story is a religious woman. Through being religious, the grandmother should have supposedly had a better set of morals and values than Connie. However, her faith was tested when confronted by the dangers of The Misfit. When she faced the possibility of death, the grandma began to fight for her life, attempting to use the appeals to authority to convince The Misfit that he was “a good man” (O’Connor 938). In the process of her thoughts, if The Misfit was a good man, and she was a good woman, than nothing bad could happen. As well as trying to convince The Misfit that he was a good man in order to persuade him into not hurting her, she talked about prayer, claimed he came from good people and good blood, and tried to convince him that Jesus would help him. On the topic of Jesus and how he was raised from the dead, the Misfit claims that “if He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow Him, and if he didn’t, then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can” (O’Connor 941). After trying to convince the Misfit of her Christian faith and he knocks down each method she attempts to use, the grandma then states that “maybe He didn’t raise the dead,” questioning her own faith (O’Connor 941). Not only did the grandmother fail at her four approaches to The Misfit, but she was not able to understand them herself, leading her to question her own belief in

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