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A Good Man Is Hard to Find In Flannery OConnors A Good Man Is Hard to Find the characters experience moments of grace and redemption Being a Catholic and a firm believer in redemption even OConnors most evil characters could experience this I think OConnor chose to write this story partly because she wanted to persuade her readers to convert to Christianity or to live like a Christian should OConnor shows and expresses her ideas of grace and redemption through her characters the grandmother the Misfit Bailey the two children and the mother The grandmother is the central character of the story who lives in the past She is pushy manipulative deceitful self-serving and a liar The grandmother also was concerned with class and being a lady Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet In case of an accident anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady 303 Although the grandmother believes in God it seems that her belief is not really strong until her confrontation with the Misfit Listen the grandmother almost screamed I know youre a good man you dont look a bit like you have common blood I know you must come from nice people 309 The grandmother began to chant to the Misfit Pray pray If you would pray Jesus would help you 311 Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton a critic from Short Stories for Students agrees When the grandmother finally runs out of words and is left to mutter Jesus over and over OConnor is suggesting that she is moving toward a deeper awareness of her faith Sparrow p 3 A moment of grace the grandmother portrays is when she said Youre one of my own children She reached out and touched him on the shoulder but the Misfit
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