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The Critique of Mary Flannery OConnors Spirituality-Versus-Evil Works Flannery OConnors use of the underlying theme spirituality-versus-evil is represented in the short stories A Good Man Is Hard to Find Everything That Rises Must Converge and Revelation Flannery OConnors Success comes from the use of her beliefs in religion and God and from the Womens College of Georgia where she studied social sciences Friedman and Clark 38 OConnor expresses God in all three of these short stories however she also writes about the intoxication with Godis Satan Hyman pp32-37 In this critical essay over the three works by Flannery OConnor listed above I will discuss the formal commonalities of spirituality-versus-evil and how OConnors background in religion impacts Revelation In Flannery OConnors A Good Man Is Hard to Find one is struck by the unexpected violence at the end of the story No one would expect to read the worst of OConnors tragic eventsthe extermination of an entire family Pawlson 86 However if one re-reads the story a second time one will see definite signs that foreshadow the grotesque ending In A Good Man Is Hard to Find OConnor demonstrates the natural forces of spirituality-versus-evil the grandmother reacts in a kind manner when she is threatened with sheer terror by the Misfit Friedman and Lawson 34 OConnor uses the symbolic character Jesus Christ to equal the amount of evil in this story Jesus Youve got good blood I know you wouldnt shoot a lady OConnor 362 The story begins with the typical nuclear family being challenged by the grandmother who doesnt 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 every member of the family except for the little girl June Star who can read the grandmother like an open book The fact that she admonishes Bailey her son of this Misfit
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