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A Good Man is Hard to Find How does the grandmother overcome the reality of her mistakes and gain her redemption In A Good Man Is Hard to Find Flannery OConnor creates characters who are constantly convicted for their actions She vividly shows how their lives are drastically changed by a simple twist of fate The grandmother searches for redemption Through The Misfit she finds it in the most bizarre way The Misfit shows us the perspective of a man whose soul is tormented by the presence of God OConnor gives the reader a startling and surprising new outlook on life and religion through these two characters The grandmother thinks of herself as a good Christian but places more emphasis on appearing like one than acting like one She is careful to wear her best clothes when traveling so that anyone seeing her dead would know at once that she was a lady This character lives in a kind of spiritual void because she accepts without real commitment The grandmother constantly criticizes others as the source of problems and insists that In my time people did right At one time she is completely indifferent to the suffering and poverty of little niggers in the country In a perfect world the grandmother might never have realized the hypocrisy of her ways but when she was faced with a stark reality she learned a costly lesson In her desire to control circumstances and people the grandmother unwittingly leads her family to The Misfit Through her meeting with The Misfit the grandmother learns the difference between what she wants to believe and the reality of things She naively hopes that her insistence that he is a good man who must come from nice people will somehow change the fact that he is a cold-blooded killer The Misfit tortured by his inability to know for sure if redemption is possible is unable to accept compassion thus
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