In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the protagonist, the grandmother, is depicted as a selfish, irksome woman who constantly passes judgment on others. She manipulates her family into doing whatever bids her best, all the while claiming to be a religious woman. In order to test her character, O’Connor introduces the dynamic character “The Misfit” to the story. While the Misfit is a murderer and is in no way a “good man,” he is able to reveal a self-awareness that the grandmother is without. Immediately before the Misfit kills the grandmothe...
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.... Being of Christian faith herself, it is understandable that O’Connor would want to explore this notion of corruption found within those claiming to be of faith. These protagonist’s fatal flaws are meant to represent a very real struggle found within people of faith, what it would be like if these flaws were confronted. It is only by means of a dynamic character that one might be enlightened and receive the humble grace of God.
O'Connor, Flannery. “A Circle in the Fire." Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971. 175-193. Print.
O'Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971. 117-133. Print.
O'Connor, Flannery. "Revelation." Flannery O'Connor The Complete Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971. 488-509. Print.
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