November 8, 2010
Literary Analysis on “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”
“Jesus!” the old lady cried. “You’ve got good blood! I know you wouldn’t shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus you ought not shoot a lady. I’ll give you all the money I’ve got!” In the story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” the major theme is the theme of religion. The story is about a family that ends up going on a vacation to Tennessee, instead of Florida because the grandmother wants to go there. On their way the grandmother directs them to a dirt road, which she claims had a house that was pretty amazing with a secret panel. When to far in she realizes they are in the wrong place its not in Georgia but in Tennessee. It is to late they get in a car accident fortunately all of them are fine, but they come against the famous “Misfit,”(O’Connor) which happens to be a criminal that has escaped from jail and is on the loose and is very dangerous. The grandmother recognizes him and everything goes down hill for them at that point. In the end the poor family ends up getting killed. The main points in this story are Grace, and the way the word “Good” is misinterpreted by the grandmother.
The grandmother tries to use grace as a way of not getting killed by the “Misfit.” (O’Connor) “God has the power to allow even bad people to go to heaven, which he does by granting them grace”(sparknotes.com). The grandmother talks about how God raised the dead and gave them life again, then she completely changes the topic and starts pleading for her life again. The grandmother also uses grace by saying to the Misfit, “Why you’re one of my babies. You’re one of my own children!” (O’Connor). The misfit is not literally her own child; it’s just a way of getting him to understand that they are both human beings. At this point God has granted the grandma grace just before she dies. The misfit is also granted grace, he had...