Salvation For The Misguided Flannery O’ Connor’s, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” is a short story about a family’s trip to Florida that goes sour when the encounter an escaped convict called The Misfit. This may seem like a typical slightly quirky horror story with no purpose but to shock audiences, however, upon further evaluation adds up to more than it appears to be. Being the protagonist, the grandmother goes through a chain of events throughout the story which leads to transforming herself and finding salvation with God in the end. The grandmother is perceived to be a narrow-minded woman who lacks awareness of her selfish ways. In the beginning of the story the grandmother starts off by addressing her dislike to going to Florida as a family vacation, and would rater go to Tennessee. She tries hard to manipulate the family by pointing out in the newspaper that a killer is on the loose and likely heading towards Florida. Even the disrespectful grandchildren know that though she didn’t want to go, she would because she wouldn’t want to miss anything. The narrator makes the grandmother seem to be ignorant prejudice woman who looks upon African Americans as inferiors to her social status. When the grandchildren misbehave on their trip the grandmother says, “children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then. Oh look at the cute pick ninny!” (O’ Connor 404). Then she proceeds to tell everyone that she would like to paint a picture of the poor unprivileged black child. She has good intentions on teaching the children morals and values, but at the same time makes a thoughtless racial slur towards an innocent child. O’ Connor, in “A Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable,” writes “that the old lady lacked comprehension, but she had a good heart” (431). The grandmother may have seemed like a self absorbed woman, but when her killer is staring her in the face a whole new side of her develops that she didn’t even know she had. The pathway towards the bad predicament was ultimately caused by the grandmother’s actions. Wanting to see the plantation she knew as a child, and then lying about a secret panel to get the grandchildren interested to go. She hid Pitty Sing, the cat, that her son Bailey didn’t want her to bring. The cat is the one in the future that jumps on Bailey while driving and causes the car to crash. She seals everyone’s doom indefinably when she calls out to The Misfit that she recognizes who he is. The Misfit kindly states, “ but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t of reckernized me” (411). If she didn’t say anything about this realization then the killer might have let them go on their way. The story is completely revolved around her and the steps that she takes towards her liberation and helping The Misfit rather than any other characters involved. The grandmother makes the word “good” into an obscure idea of what it actually means. This leads the observer to question what is a “good” man? She first refers to Red Sammy as a good man when he allows a couple of strangers to charge for gas that they never repaid. In this situation, a good man in her definition seems to be more of a gullible fool with poor perception towards people. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt may not always be a good decision to make. Then when encountering The Misfit she Szumanski 2 proclaims him to be a good man when pleading for her life. Over and over again she announces him to be a good man. Basically, it is almost as if she is trying to convince him that he is good, or trying to believe it herself. The Misfit knows that he isn’t a good man, and anyone else would reasonably know this to be a fact. The grandmother fabricates a good person out to be anyone that she may benefit from at the time. In the beginning, she is more concerned with acting like a good lady than being a good lady. In the end after the grandmother’s…
What salvation means to me is being saved from the power of sin and from hell, which is the eternal penalty of sin. Through the process of salvation, we are therefore freed from everything and anything that could possibly prevent us from enjoying eternal life with God. Bible.org’s essay on salvation paragraph five stated that “The word “salvation” is the translation of the Greek word “soteria” which is derived from the word meaning “savior”. It goes on to say “salvation is described…
Good morning Bro and Sisters,
This morning I will be speaking regarding the Savior, J.C., and his role in the Plan of Salvation, and His need
to come to earth, and what He accomplished while here.
25 years ago, after learning about the The Plan of Salvation from the Missionaries, I was so excited to
understand my origin and destiny as a child of God.
I felt comfort knowing the purpose of our creation, the conditions of mortality, including God's commandments,
and the need for a Savior.
“An argument for Free Will”
Erin R. Boland, Sr.
Rev. Paul Hamilton
Saint Leo University
Salvation, predestined or our free choice?
I believe that the verses chosen clearly speak to us that our own salvation in in our hands and more accurately in our hearts. It is written in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “For this is good in the sight of God our savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (Holy Bible, New King James…
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a religious organization founded in 1865 by a London Methodist preacher, named William Booth. Reverend Booth gave up his ministry in the church to take the message of Christ into the streets in order to reach the homeless and needy where they lived. In the 1880’s the Salvation Army began operating in the United States, and now serves more than 120 countries and territories, and preaches in 160 languages. (Salvation Army History, n.d.).
happen in our world and why God does not seem to intervene. Intellectually many people feel as though there is not enough real support in the gospel. But in reading The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics sections on Christ, Resurrection Of and Salvation, Exclusivity Of, the book gives biblical reasons of support to the unnatural events that occur in the gospel message. As Christians we need to understand the answers to the questions about the Gospel and we need to have the facts to help back it…
to it; one imposes "relationships," a categorization (hopefully that intended by the composer) on the sounds while listening to them, that is, has an Response Paper – Salvation
In an autobiography by Langston Hughes, titled: “Salvation,” Hughes talks about a day in his life that made his perspective on religion change. Salvation means the deliverance from sin and its consequences. Setting the mood we know right off the bat that Hughes is a religious person. The day that he went to seek for Jesus…
Sapp 1 Sapp, Evan Ms. Nixon Romans 4 September 2013 The Problem of Salvation Salvation is the goal for mostly everybody. Eternal life in Heaven, who wouldn’t want that? Through Jesus Christ we are saved and essentially are accepted to Heaven. Everything is dandy, you either accept Jesus Christ or you don’t. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. The problem is there are countless numbers of people in the world that haven’t even heard the name Jesus, not to mention, God at all. Now if they never…
Mary Rose Bailor
The Misguided Generation
At what point will boys’ lack of education get the best of them? Can girls’ education, and persistence overcome the stranglehold of the job market? It can and it will, but only if they can wiggle their way into the positions men now hold, and change the interview requirements from within. Girls are getting the education, and the grades, but boys are still landing the jobs, and running the companies. This issue…