Themes Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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The Dark Underlying Themes of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” “‘Listen,’ the grandmother almost screamed, ‘I know you 're a good man. You don 't look a bit like you have com- mon blood. I know you must come from nice people!’” (O’Connor 147). O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, is well known for it’s disturbingly dark tone and controversial subjects. The story highlights the meeting, conflict, and dispute between a family and an escaped criminal, known as “the Misfit.” Throughout their interaction, the grandmother begs for her life and claims that the Misfit is a good man solely based on the fact that he wouldn’t like to kill a woman, despite having prior knowledge of his past crimes and killings. O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, uses characters to convey deep themes that revolve around the basis of good versus evil, religious hypocrisy and un-rightful judgment which in turn highlights the hypocritical tendencies of human nature and the wavering character of man.…show more content…
However, her judgement loses any true value it could 've held when it becomes apparent that the only people she deems as being “good people” tend to be the ones who share common interests or can aid her in some way. This undermining quality of her judgement is exemplified when she deems the Misfit to be “a good man at heart” (O’Connor 147) based solely on the fact that he isn’t willing to kill her, a woman. As stated by Arthur F. Bethea, Stephen Brady uses the grandmother’s moral corruption as an attempt to single handedly crush all arguments stating that she is a vessel of grace and capable of passing good
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