Hypocrisy In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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“‘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 …show more content…
The grandmother and The Misfit both fail to find remorse in their hearts for their actions and desires. Flannery O’Connor’s tale allows the audience to see the flaws in a person esteemed to be perfect, giving them the opportunity to assess their own hypocrisies and moral flaws. O’Connor’s portrayal of tradition and its emersion in to modern day society allows audiences to remember the good old days, and to question if a good man really is hard to find? O’Connor also leaves the audience with the answer that a good man really is not hard to find as long as you are willing to look a the soul of person rather than their initial actions that label them. The Misfit really was a good man in the sense that he stood firm in his beliefs and he was not a hypocrite. The Misfit was a criminal labeling him as bad, but down to the core he was a person and believer than the grandmother every was or ever hoped to

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