Flannery O 'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find'

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Shelby Taylor
Professor K. Lewis
English 1102
11 October, 2016
Is there a Good Man? As with most of Flannery O’ Connors writings they were all written with her catholic faith in mind. Flannery O’ Connor was often called a Southern Gothic because of the grotesque incidents that occur in many of her stories (Gioia 402). It is vital to read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” with the same mindset as Flannery O’ Connor, to determine the religious conflicts many characters’ experience throughout the story. Although there are many things an individual can take from the short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” there is no denying that religion is the most important theme.
The grandmother is a picture perfect example of an individual who gives the appearance that she is living a Christian lifestyle but in fact she is far from it. It is often said that the same individual praying for you with one hand is using the other hand to stab you in the back. The Grandmother portrays such nasty behavior throughout the story it is hard to believe she has herself truly convinced she is a Christian woman. Grandmother is manipulative, self-centered, a racist, and a liar who is most worried about how she appears to others rather than focusing on correcting her inner-lifestyle for the better.
In the very beginning of the story, Grandmother is only
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“Oh look at the cute pickaninny” (Gioia 405). The Grandmother was ok with using such racist terms and when her granddaughter, June Star stated that the African American boy had no pants on Grandmother said “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do. If I could paint, I’d paint that picture”. It appeared comical to Grandmother that the young African American boy could not afford pants. Wouldn’t a Christian woman feel badly for a child being brought up into such poverty? Instead, she would want that image painted so she could hang it in her house and enjoy its

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