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Easter holiday reading

Discussion in 'Book club' started by gorgybaby, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. taisiya_wolker

    taisiya_wolker New commenter

    I enjoy "A Good Man Is Hard to Find". It is a short story written by Flannery O'Connor. O'Connor was a southern Catholic and often incorporated her religious thinking into her stories. The story appears in the collection of short stories of the same name, A Good Man Is Hard to Find. The interpretive work of scholars often focuses on the controversial final scene.

    There are varying opinions of the underlying meaning in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Most of this discrepancy centers on the grandmother's act of touching The Misfit.

    The opinion that the grandmother's final act was one of grace and charity implies that "A Good Man is Hard to Find" was written to show a transformation in the Grandmother as the story progresses. In the beginning, she was more concerned about looking like a good Christian than being a good Christian. This is shown by her selfish desire to go to Tennessee instead of Florida and, more important, by her attempts to save her own life, even as her family continued to die around her. In the end, she realizes she has not led a good life and reaches out to touch her killer, The Misfit, in a final act of grace and charity. Even though she fails, her attempt is not lost on The Misfit, who remarks that under the threat of violence, she would have been a good woman.

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