A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” discusses the definition of goodness within a few complicated characters. However, morality and human compassion seem to have very little to do with the definition of “good,” according to the key characters in the short story, least of all the grandmother. At first, the grandmother seems to be a caring and concerned mother and grandmother, begging her son to travel in the opposite direction from where a murderer has been rumored to be traveling. It becomes apparent later in the story that she is mostly concerned for herself and cares very little for the well being of anyone else. Her actions and beliefs call into question the meaning of decency and goodness. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,”…show more content…
Clothing and proper speech do not create a righteous man. “Goodness in man is not a mere passive quality, but the deliberate preference of right to wrong, the firm and persistent resistance of all moral evil, and the choosing and following of all moral good” (Easton’s Bible Dictionary). The grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” does not prefer right to wrong when she needs to manipulate the situation to get her way. Attempting to appear virtuous, the grandmother wears fine clothing and speaks the name of Jesus. All the while, there is no sincerity within her. She uses deceit and manipulation like war tactics to save herself, while not once pleading for her family members’ lives. The very faith she attempts to thrust upon the Misfit seems to have no real effect on her own actions. If one truly wants to live a life worthy to be called “good,” the Biblical definition provides a simple and concrete instruction: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Man is born imperfect and flawed, with the tendency to fail. Who can be called good? Redemption can only be found in repentance and a constant desire for fellowship with Almighty God. A good grandmother would always know
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