A Good Man Is Hard And Find By Flannery O ' Connor Essay

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In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O 'Connor, a very disoriented family of five is taking a “peaceful” trip to Florida. Although the father of the family, Bailey, is afraid of cats, Grandmother brings along her furry friend anyway; to add to this, Grandmother then begins to talk about an old house she remembers from her childhood that is believed along the way. However, it is not. When Grandmother realizes this information is incorrect, instead of telling Bailey to turn around she was wrong, her pride allows her to keep quiet about her realizations. However, before she can become content with herself, she jumps as if someone, maybe even God, hit her for being prideful and kicks the basket where the cat was hiding. In reaction, the cat leaps onto Bailey’s shoulder, and in terror, he has a wreck. This all leads to the meeting of the Misfit. The Misfit is a complex man with a seemingly lost soul, whose name fits him perfectly, but who reminds readers that good exist in even the worst of us.
The Misfit demonstrates the characteristics of a lost soul when he talks about all the miracles that Jesus performed. When Misfit states, “Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead..”, he shows that he has knowledge of the Bible, and the reader can conclude that he may have suffered a situation in life that caused him to lay down his cross and walk away from grace. To further that assumption, he then blames God for the bad in himself when Misfit and…

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