Is anyone truly good? In Flannery O 'Connor’s short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find, she seems to ask just that. As her story unfolds, it seems clear that she is suggesting that there are none to be found. She expresses this idea of the depravity of man and that people are not as pious as they may seem. Since O’Connor was from the south, and attended Catholic church, she would have had a good idea of how often southern religious people hold morality high, but do not always live up to what they preach. ( "Flannery O’Connor") As we get to know her characters, it seems none of them are favorable candidates for good morals. It is imperative that we look to the characters of this story to get an idea of the true theme behind O 'Connor’s tale.
The first characters that show the depravity of man are the children. Bailey and this wife’s kids are quite bratty and rude to everyone. When John Wesley ask why the grandmother is coming on their family trip, June Star retorts “She wouldn’t stay home to be queen for a day.”(O’Connor 357) This is definitely not the way any child should treat his or her elders but it gets increasingly worse. Not only do the children say snarky things to their family members but they also say them to strangers. Red Sammy 's wife gives June Star a compliment, and joking asks her if she “would become her little girl.”(O’Connor 360) Instead of a simple thank you, June Star retorts by saying “I wouldn’t live in a broken down place like this for a million buck.” (O’Connor 360) The way that O 'Connor depicts the children in her story is very unlike how many people want to perceive kids. Children are usually seen as above reproach. John Wesley and June Star are a clear illustration that kid...
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...fraction can and will lead to consequences. In some form or fashion, we all do something that is punishable.
In conclusion, A Good Man Is Hard to Find illustrates that people are not as good as they make themselves out to be. Whether it be a normal family or a criminal, all are equally immoral. O 'Connor points to the fact that murders, the self-righteous, and misbehaved children all are faulty. She wants people, especially those in the south, to realize that when we are put to the test even the most righteous of people are still not perfectly good.
"Flannery O’Connor." Andalusia Farm Home of Flannery OConnor. Andalusia Foundation Inc., n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.
O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Literature and the Writing Process. Ed. Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, and Robert Funk. 8th Ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice, 2007. 357-367.
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