A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Revelation, And Parker's Back, By Flannery O Connor

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Flannery O’Connor is an astounding, but strange modern American writer from Milledgeville that deepens her Christian vision throughout her works. She often engages her personal beliefs into the lives of her characters in her writings. The main characters in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, “Revelation”, and “Parker’s Back” all portray O’Connor’s belief as a Roman Catholic. All of the characters between the three stories are conceptually related and play similar roles in their particular stories. Hey Snodgrass How are you?
The grandma, Mrs. Turpin, and Parker are all similar in the fact that they question their own faith and come to a revelation. Sara Ruth, Mary Grace, and the Misfit all share a common way in pushing the other characters to question
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Mary Grace attacks and hurts Mrs. Turpin by throwing a book at her in the doctor’s office. She throws the book to make Mrs. Turpin realize how she should stop judging people and think of others as to not only herself. Sarah Ruth attacks and hurts Parker by beating him in the back with the broom stick until welts formed on Christ’s face. Sarah beats him to the realization that bearing Christ in one’s flesh can bring suffering, but can also deliver wholesome. This leads to the ending of the story of Parker crying under a …show more content…
The Misfit shows a way of disbelieving and rejecting God. As The Misfit talks with the grandma he shows that he knows how to live for Christ, but he chooses not to. Instead, “he chooses to cling to his self-sufficiency” (Kelley). Parker, on the other hand, says that he does not believe, but in some sense he does. He thinks that he needs Sarah Ruth to help him deliver his life to Christ, and that is the reason they are married. As he tries to salvage his relationship with Sarah Ruth, she keeps pushing him away to where he feels that God is imaginary.
The grandmother and Mrs. Turpin are both religious women and vain. The grandmother shows how she is vain by thinking that she knows what is best for everyone, but she actually does not. She is in fact a “hypocritical, old soul” (O’Connor 442). She tries to tell The Misfit that he is a good man, but she does not know how he really is. She also thinks that she knows what is best for the family and how they should not go on their trip. Mrs. Turpin shows that she is vain as “she passes judgment on everyone she meets, sometimes occupying herself with naming over the classes of people” (Cowan

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