Religion and Racism in A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything that Rises Must Converge

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Religion and Racism in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything that Rises Must Converge

Flannery O’Connor, undoubtedly one of the most well-read authors of the early 20th Century, had many strong themes deeply embedded within all her writings. Two of her most prominent and poignant themes were Christianity and racism. By analyzing, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” these two themes jump out at the reader. Growing up in the mid-1920’s in Georgia was a huge influence on O’Connor. Less than a decade before her birth, Georgia was much different than it was at her birth. Slaves labored tirelessly on their master’s plantations and were indeed a facet of everyday life. However, as the
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Although many scholars have noted the Grandmother’s usage of Christianity in the short story and her role as a “messenger of Christ” in the text, it appears as if O’Connor is critical of the Grandmother. Throughout the text, the Grandmother is never once portrayed in the least flattering of manners. In fact, the first two sentences of the story are, “The Grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind” (117). It is clear from the onset that the Grandmother is rather manipulative and willing to place thoughts in other character’s heads so that she can get what she so desires. Even after Bailey, the son of the Grandmother, initially blows off his mother’s request to change their vacation plans, she throws the newspaper at her son and shows him the front page story of a man named the Misfit who is headed toward Florida and is known for his murder sprees. “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that alone in it,” the Grandmother said. “I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” (117). She continues, “The children have been to Florida before, you ought to take them somewhere else for a change so that they would see different parts of the world and be abroad. They never have been to east Tennessee”

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