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The Holy Contradictions of Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard To Find The realm of literature is littered with the works of fine authors who instead of relaying their messages blatantly gave responsibility to the reader to in turn decipher the morale and the myth of the story Logan Pearsall Smith once expressed his love for the literary prodigies by stating What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers When he was quoted for saying this he was referring to authors such as Ernest Hemingway F Scott Fitzgerald William Faulkner and of course Flannery OConnor the southern catholic raised woman who revolutionized literature with her religious messages poignant in her works OConnor used imagery including controversial issues such as prejudice superficiality of manners and gods position in a world of sin to assist her in her goal to wow the world into religious shape But what came with her astounding works was a barrage of harmful critiques aimed at her problematic issues in her stories and her supposed contradictory manner in which she wrote of things In A Good man is Hard to Find OConnor utilizes the grandmother who is one of the main characters to be viewed as prejudice as well as racist The old bitty holds a class system in her mental filing cabinet according to race and religion When the family is driving to Florida the grandmother gleefully picks fun at what she calls a pickaninny along the roadside A word that was considered as crass as nigger today referred to African Americans Because the African child is wearing no pants she then states Little niggers in the country dont have things like we do The grandmother proceeds to sit in the back with the children who are symbols of innocence not yet exposed to the world and tells a joke about a watermelon being devoured by a nigger boy as she drops
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