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The Path of Salvation in Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find If you were blind you should have no sin but now you say we see therefore your sin remains John 1041 Flannery OConner explores the nature of sin and the path to in the relationship of The Misfit and the grandmother in her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find OConnor gives us in the grandmother and The Misfit two contrasting opportunities for salvation from sin The grandmother dressed in her sunday best clothes in case of an accident anyone seeing her dead would know at once she was a lady showed a lady more concerned with the appearance of her life to others rather than her salvation which thus far she had failed to consider And shows the grandmothers shallow thoughts of death In the grandmothers mind her clothing preparations prevent any misgivings about her status as a lady But as the Misfit later points outthere never was a body that gave the undertaker a tip The Misfit on the other hand has constructed his philosophy of violence around the lack of proof of Jesus and has walled himself in it rejecting any oportunity for salvation The Misfit says of Jesus I wasnt there so I cant say He didnt and It aint right I wasnt there because if I had of been there I would of knownif I had of been the re I would of known and I wouldnt be like I am now and so asks the most basic question as to the nature of sin and redemption He has answered himself already by saying I dont want no hep Im doing all right by myself when asked why he wont pray The Misfit has rejected the glimpses of the divine and instead is intent on killing somebody or burning down his house or doing
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