Essay on An Analysis Of Flannery O ' Connor 's A Good Man

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How does one see the good or bad in a human being? In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” the line between these two concepts becomes a blurry combination that lacks true distinction from one over the other. The word good is thrown around all the time, causing its meaning to lessen as the story goes on. By the end of the story, the reader discovers that there is good and bad in everyone. Not one person is one hundred percent bad and neither is one person one hundred percent good. O’Connor shows the differences in the good and bad in everyone through contrasting characters, highlighting their behavior, and enlightening the idea of people not knowing their true character until they are faced with the most frightening experiences of their lives.
One of the characters that exemplifies the differences between the good and bad in everyone is the villain of the story, the Misfit. He is seen as the worst person imaginable with not an ounce of good in his heart. As he is talking to the grandmother, however, he tells her, “I never was a bad boy that I remember of… but somewheres along the line I done something wrong and got sent to the penitentiary.” Even though he used to be a good person, that one bad act caused him to only be seen as a horrible man. There is still good in him but it is overshadowed by a large overhanging cloud of evil deeds. He was not born or raised to be bad and even said that he came from “the finest people in the world,” but society labeled him…

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