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In “Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Spoiled Prophet,’” T.W. Hendricks agrees with Blythe and Sweet that the Misfit is some form of a prophet, but the former stresses that he is a misguided prophet. Finally, the article “Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find: The Moment of Grace,” by Michael Clark, argues that the grandmother received her moment of grace during her moment of death and aims to touch the Misfit and redeem him from his meaningless existence. The family represents the disintegration of human society, but the grandmother receives the gift of grace during her dying moments, and yet the Misfit, who thinks of himself as a prophet, misinterprets this act of grace and seals the emptiness of his life.
The family in the story stands for the fragmentation of society, due to lack of spiritual growth. Hendricks points out that the story has explored the “spiritual exile” of two families, Bailey’s and Red Sammy’s families (203). Bailey and his wife are detached from their Southern roots (Hendricks 203). Like Hendricks, Blythe and Sweet assert that Bailey has lost his authority over his mother and children, which has resulted to a family in “disarray” (Hendricks 203). In particular, they suggest that this stands for the fall of “secular authority” (185). The grandmother schemes to “visit some of her connections in east Tennessee,” and she defies Bailey’s instructions to leave her cat (O’Connor). The children also act waywardly by kicking the car seats, yelling, and whining. Their names suggest their spoiled personalities too. John Wesley, whose name feels that his parents had high ambitions for him, is impolite to his grandmother and disrespectful of his family’s history (Hendricks 203). Still, he likens himself to a young Superman and brags that he will beat the Misfit in the face, if they meet him. June Star has tap dancing skills, which tend to get
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A disconnected family of obnoxious and ungrateful adults with their wild and uncontrollable children on their way to Florida for a vacation is depicted in Flannery O’Connor’s short fiction “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” On their route they encounter an accident and met a dangerous felon who eventually brings them to their death.
On the other hand, Flannery O’Connor’s “A good man is hard to find” was published in 1953. The short story portrays the destructive move of the Misfit that turns out fatal to a whole family. Even though both texts deal with the loss of lives, the proportion and the conditions of the destruction are totally different.
This paper will comprehensively analyze the story. There are several people who exist only for themselves, their selfish existence is of no use to other people and this is one story which explores the selfish existence of the grandmother and how she tries her best to deceive the misfit ultimately failing in her endeavor and getting shot three times in the chest.
A number of readers may think it is a contemptuous story,adamant in the manner in which it brings out human manipulation and pettiness.Other people see it as a horror story,while other people see it as an uplifting representation of the puzzling methods God uses to work through human beings above their own desires.
Flannery O’ Conner (1925-1964), had a Catholic family background that served as the inspiration of her writings that greatly reflect her faith in Roman Catholicism (Shmoop). According to her “The stories are hard but they are hard because there is nothing harder or less sentimental than Christian realism" (The Habits of Being).
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