A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND. Flannery O’Connor. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is one of the most famous examples of Southern Gothic literature.
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“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is one of the most famous examples of Southern Gothic literature.
She chastises John Wesley for not having more respect for Georgia, his home state.
The grandmother never turns her critical eye on herself to inspect her own hypocrisy, dishonesty, and selfishness.
Only when the grandmother is facing death, in her final moments alone with the Misfit, does she understand where she has gone wrong in her life.
Twisted as it might be, he can rely on his moral code to guide his actions.
The Elusive Definition of a “Good Man”
The grandmother’s wanton application of the label “good man” reveals that “good” doesn’t imply “moral” or “kind.”
Grace, however, settles on them both, suggesting that even people like the grandmother and Misfit have the potential to be saved by God.
Her comment seems inappropriate—even insane—given the circumstances, but this is actually the grandmother’s most lucid moment in the story.
Red Sammy and the grandmother reminisce about the past, when people could be trusted.
According to these characters, the present is rife with ambiguity and unhappiness, and things were much different long ago.
The Grandmother’s Hat
For the grandmother, the only thing that matters is her standing as a lady, a ridiculous concern that reveals her selfishness and flimsy moral conviction.
Although at first glance the Misfit’s code seems to be misguided, it is actually the grandmother’s code that proves to be flimsy and inconsistent.
The Misfit, however, adheres to a moral code that remains consistent and strong.
He has chosen to live under the assumption that religion is pointless and adheres to his own kind of religion: “No pleasure but meanness.”
Moreover, her characters often face violent or jarring situations that force them into a moment of crisis that awakens or alters their faith.