Moral Code

Topics: Family, Short story, Morality Pages: 3 (911 words) Published: May 5, 2013
“Moral Code”
Imagine watching evening news Easter weekend and headlining story of the night is a senseless murder of an entire family. Our normal reaction would be filled with distain and disgust. Leaving unanswered questions like “why” or “how could someone do that?” What drives someone to kill other people? Where is their Moral Code? Most stories like this will give you the killers interpretation of why their moral code went astray and usually gain your empathy, even though you don’t agree. In the short story by Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” I don't feel this story was written in a manner to persuade people to accept a moral code. The story doesn't give you any insight to anyones moral, in my opinion. There is however, the grandmothers flailing attempt to seem moral, with her southern upbringing and towards the end of her life her Christian faith.

The Grandmother has a strong southern up bringing which is pointed out several times in the story. One example in the text is when she describes the purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet, in case she is found dead, so she will know for being a “lady”. Another example is when grandmother talks about being courted by southern gentlemen when she was younger. Yet another example, when grandmother tries to bond with the Misfit, telling him how she knows he isn’t at all “common”. In the last example she attempts to sway the Misfit in such a way to earn his favortisim by bringing up their common bond of being from southern blood. There are several attempts in the beginning to convince the family to return to her home Tennesse instead of going to Florida. Both states are considered southern, but the pride of where she is from resounds, especially when the young John Wesly mentioned wanting to get out of Georgia as fast as possible, and granmother responded, "In my time, children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else”

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