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A Good Man Is Hard to Find The story of A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery OConnor has been debated and analyzed so much because it can be interpreted one thousand different ways OConnors characters are usually searching for an elusive salvation and her stories illustrate her views on the human condition Many spiritual themes weave their way through her work but never seem to achieve their intended ends In this story groups of criminals massacre an entire family while their ringleader discusses theology with the familys grandmother only a hundred feet away The source of the misinterpretation of the storys crux emerges from two key characters that OConnor weaved together the Grandmother and the Misfit These two are so complex because they stand for many different things The most reasonable interpretation of these two characters is that they represent OConnors view on the evil in society The story begins with the typical family challenged by their grandmother who does not want to take the vacation to Florida She has read about a crazed killer by the name of the Misfit who is on the run heading for Florida Unfortunately she is ignored by ever member of the family except for the little girl June Star who has come to read her grandmother like a book Ironically the morning of the trip the grandmother is dressed in her best Sunday clothes and the first one in the car ready to travel as June Star predicted she would be The grandmothers dress is very nice for a trip she was horrified to take only a day earlier The grandmother festooned in white gloves a navy blue dress and a matching hat only for the sole purpose of being recognized as a woman in case someone saw her dead on the highway This logic may seem absurd to anyone who is unfamiliar with aged aristocratic southern culture Southerners of
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