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

1439 Words Sep 14th, 2016 6 Pages
“‘Well then, why don’t you pray?’ She asked trembling with delight suddenly. ‘I don’t want no help,’ he said. ‘I’m doing all right by myself’” (O’Connor 386). Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a story of hypocrisy and irony. O’Connor’s tale of twisted morals and fleeting grasps at old standards takes a family from an innocent trip to Florida to an impending doom laid out before them by the narrator in the first paragraph. The fill of the story is one based on a grandmother’s traditional ways and the conflicting norms of their modern day society. A dying woman’s last attempt at life initially seems valiant, but the 1955 tale brings to light the error in her entire belief system and the proper foundation The Misfit has built his steadfastly on (SparkNotes). The tale brings to light a remorseless view of the world from two different eyes, a hypocritical grandmother and a ruthless criminal and bring into question: morals, tradition, and religious beliefs and if good is really good or if it simply a tempting and dangerous lie in disguise. The grandmother plays the central role of the narrator and the overcritical and traditional morally superior figure of a family of three young children and their parents. The grandmother maintains a moral of high standards based tradition and the teachings of her youth. “In my time children were more respectful of their native states and parents and everything else. People did right then” (375). She holds most…

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