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A Reflection on “a Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’connor

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On my first reading of this story, I initially felt the fear frequently seen in grandmothers in confronting danger and how they try to convince us to stay away from it: “The Misfit is a loose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to this people….”, the grandmother said. As I have experienced in the past, once a Mom and Dad have made a decision to do something, it’s difficult to change plans, and least from an elderly mother wish. The story continues on a kind of humorous way as the family travel through the country and the grandmother talks of how were the old days and how different are these time. “People are certainly not like they used to be” the grandmother told Red Sam while in the lounge. After reading the whole story I could then make a connection of the theme of religion and evil in the interactions of the old lady with the owner of the restaurant and the Misfit. While the grandmother was talking to the owner they began discussing the idea of a “good man” and how he is hard to find, also, tied into that the character of The Misfit. “…’It isn’t a soul in this green world of God’s that you can trust,’ she said. “A good man is hard to find,” Red

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