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The Importance of Violence in A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery OConnor In the story A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery OConnor uses violence as a force of both good and evil to demonstrate how peoples attitudes and perspectives of life change when they are faced with a situation of violent danger The story is about a family of six who on their way to Florida are murdered by an escaped convict who calls himself the Misfit The characters include the grandmother her son Bailey his wife and their children John Wesley June Star and the baby In society violence is generally looked upon as evil because it is believed that no good can result from violence When looking at the occurrence of violence in A Good Man is Hard to Find the reader sees the obvious negative aspect of death which results from violence The deaths that are a result of the violence elicit feelings of pity and terror which demonstrate the negative aspects of violence within the story The attitude change in the grandmother demonstrates how violence is used as a positive force The change in attitude does not occur until the very end of the story and up until that point the grandmother is rather hypocritical and selfish Although the story was written in 1955 the grandma still seems a little old fashioned for the time As with many ladies her age the grandmother seems to cling to her past saying People are certainly not nice like they used to be 333 The grandmother is also quite absorbed in her appearance and takes great care to be sure that she will be seen as a lady She had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet In case of an accident anyone seeing her dead would know at once she was a lady 331 The grandmother seems to be quite hypocritical in judging others
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