The importance of violence in 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' by Flannery O'Connor.

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The Importance of Violence in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O 'Connor.

In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find", Flannery O 'Connor uses violence as a

force of both good and evil to demonstrate how people 's attitudes and perspectives of life

change when they are faced with a situation of violent danger. The story is about a family

of six who, on their way to Florida are murdered by an escaped convict who calls himself

the Misfit. The characters include the grandmother, her son Bailey, his wife and their

children John Wesley, June Star and the baby.

In society violence is generally looked upon as evil because it is believed that no

good can result from violence. When looking at the occurrence of violence in "A Good

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We see how the violent situation is beginning to effect her

attitude when she reaches to adjust the brim of her hat and it comes off in her hand. She

lets the hat fall to the ground, something she would or never have allowed to happen

before. Later in the story the grandmother has an epiphany, a sort of "moment of

grace"(344), in which she becomes confused and realizes that she is no better than

anyone else. She sees that everyone is equal, tied together through kinship. This

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