A Moment of Grace

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“A Moment Of Grace”
In the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", Flannery O’Connor utilizes the theme as a literary element to create multiple features of her characters in the story such as those of Bailey's mother known as the Grandmother and The Misfit. The Grandmother considers herself as a proper southern lady that is upright and wise but not until the story takes a tragic turn does she begin to realize that she is not who she thinks she is. As the story begins, The Grandmother is complaining about going on a road trip to Florida; she'd rather visit friends in east Tennessee. The Grandmother worries to the rest of the family about The Misfit, whom she has been reading about in the newspaper. The Misfit is a serial killer who has escaped from the Federal Penitentiary and is on the loose. The next morning, the family sets out on the road trip. The Grandmother remembers an old plantation that she thinks used to be in the area they are near. Bailey does not want to take a detour to go find it, so The Grandmother makes up a lie about how there are secret doors in the house with hidden treasure which makes Bailey’s children scream and complain until their father agrees to turn around and drive down the dirt driveway. However, after they have been driving for a while, The Grandmother realizes that the old plantation is actually nowhere around there at all. Her reaction causes the cat to escape from its box and jump on Bailey's shoulder, and he shifts off the road. The car has flipped over and ends up in a ditch, a car then approaches, three men come out. The Grandmother recognizes The Misfit, and he answers, "it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn't of reckernized me."(Pg. 360, Paragraph 83.) She begins to talk about how The Misfit is clearly not of "common blood,"(Pg.360, Paragraph 88.) and how he must "come from nice people," (Pg.360, Paragraph 88.) flattering him. But he calmly orders his two buddies to take Bailey and his son into the...
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