Was Flannery O’Connor A Christian?
In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” one can tell that Flannery O’Connor is a dark person, and may even question if she is a Christian or not. In this short story, some people may think Flannery O’Connor may not be a Christian because of The Misfit character. Despite The Misfit character, I believe Flannery O’Conner is Christian and she shows it in several places throughout the short story through several characters.
The first example in “A Good Man Is Hard to find” is shown in the conversation between Red Sam’s wife and the grandmother. Red Sam’s wife said to the Grandmother, “It isn’t a soul in this green world of God’s that you can trust” (O’Connor 440). I believe the statement made by Red Sam wife shows that Flannery O’Connor is a Christian and believes in God. If Flannery O’Connor was not a religious person then I believe Red Sam’s wife would not have referred to this world as God’s world. I believe she would have made Red Sam’s wife say, “It isn’t a soul in this green world that you can trust.” Saying it this way still has a meaning that a person cannot trust anyone in this world. When Flannery O’Connor referred to “the world of god’s” (O’Connor 440) in the statement, she made it a religious statement.
Flannery O’Connor also shows her religious views through the grandmother during the conversation between the grandmother and The Misfit. During their conversation, the grandmother asks The Misfit several times “Do you ever pray?” (O’Connor 446). Later on in the story, the grandmother tells The Misfit, “If you would pray, Jesus would help you” (O’Connor 447). I believe this is O’Connor expressing how she feels about the power of prayer. On page 447, O’Connor writes, “Finally she found herself saying, “Jesus, Jesus” meaning, Jesus will help you…” This is Flannery O’Connor actually talking to Jesus in the short story.
The Misfit says “Jesus was the only one that ever raised the dead, and he shouldn’t have done it”...
Cited: O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” 1955. Back to the Lake. Ed. Thomas Cooley. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2012. 436-49. Print.
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