The Grandmother In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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The grandmother from “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner represents a person who many readers do not root for throughout the story, she is neither good nor bad. She constantly reminds people of the past and she is a loud mouth that tends to be judge mental. She has a transformation into true salvation through an experience of the transcendental moment in the final seconds of her life. For the first time throughout the story, the readers have a new profound view of her character transforming into a state for eternal life. Whether this moment of grace is profound enough or meaningful enough to qualify the ending of this story as a change of the character depends on the reader’s theological worldview.
Many people are confused about what to make of the grandmother. Readers can interpret the grandmother in the story to be a good old-fashioned Christian or in fact, the evil character of the story. The grandmother does many good things. She holds the family together and seems to parent the children in a way that the children’s parents do not want to do. She also comes off to the audience as a racist, who has multiple incidences of racism in the
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The grandmother who is supposedly is someone who has faith says towards the end of the story, “Maybe he didn’t raise the dead, the old lady mumbled, not knowing what she was saying and feeling so dizzy she sanked down in the ditch with her legs twisted under her” ( O’Conner 481). In this moment, the grandmother has a crisis of faith or doubt. She loses the faith she thought she always had, which in a sense can prove that she was never really that faithful in the beginning. When she was to a point, where her family is brutally murdered and she is the only one left. She is unable to maintain the belief system that she has mentioned so far but never really embodied