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Summary and Critique of Two Articles on OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find The article Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find The Moment of Grace by Michael Clark focuses on the climax of the story the Grandmothers final act her touching of the misfit and its religious and realistic implications Clark questions her last gesture by asking Should the Grandmothers final act-- her touching of the misfit be taken as a token of truedivine grace and spiritual insight Or should the story be interpreted strictly as a naturalistic document 1 OConnor refers to the Grandmothers final gesture as a moment of grace Sloan states that many critics tend to disagree with OConnors belief that the final act was a moment of grace rather they prefer to stress the realistic explanation of grace a more naturalistic grace Stanley Renner is also uncomfortable with the religious explanation of the climax he describes the final gesture as a vague touch a parental blessing or the ceremonial dubbing of knighthood Clark 1 According to Clark this explanation sees the Grandmothers response as one that not so much reflects divine grace as it touches her instinctive springs of sympathy and human kinshipClark 1 Other critics interpret the Grandmothers final act as expressing her final hope that her noblenesse can alter her fate Clark 1 Clark believes this particular interpretation gives the final gesture a selfish mundane and unredeeming sense about it The question of whether OConnors interpretation should be judged as right or wrong emerges Clark believes the old dictum of trust the tale not the teller applies He also believes you must consider the stories connection with the books of 1st and 2nd Timothy of the bible Hallman Bryant in an article written before Clarks noted that there is no Timothy Georgiaand persuasively argues that OConnor is referring to the book of Timothy in the New Testament of the bible Bryant points out that
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