The Grotesque Of Grace And Its Implications On Morality

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Celia Saumell Misha Rai LIT 2020 11 March 2014 The Grotesque in Grace and its Implications on Morality Flannery O’Connor has been claimed an important figure and a social critic of the South for many years before and after her death. Her prose deals with questions of morality through reflections of her Roman Catholic faith. Correspondingly, her short stories and novels put the protagonists in shocking trials of God through characters or conflicts portrayed as, according to Davis J. Leigh, “distorted or exaggerated,” and are O’Connor’s way of revealing the “human condition to a world that is blinded by naturalism or secularism” (Leigh 2). This was her subject matter which she herself declared in her once unpublished essays now under Mystery and Manners (Leigh 2) and where critics place their doubt. Despite this, one needs to take into consideration the author’s standard of living that is evident throughout her works due to their ironic plot and sublime characters, such as in A Good Man is Hard to Find. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, a Southern family plan a trip from Georgia to Florida, but the sneaky grandmother deceives the children meticulously to manipulate the family to stray off the path, which ultimately leads them to their downfall. Flannery O’Connor’s short story A Good Man is Hard to Find grotesquely portrays the act of receiving grace in its final scene as a necessary and contrasting force that the protagonists must go through to reach enlightenment while

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