She saw her religion as liberation and considered it a vocation in much the way one might be called to the priesthood.
Throughout her life, this woman has been struggling with the shift from the ante-bellum values of lineage and gentility to those of a cash-oriented culture, and with the implications this shift has for the assumptions that underwrite her vanishing system of beliefs.
While she does not accept or even fully comprehend these implications, in her behavior she acknowledges them and attempts some adjustment.
The grandmother's handling of signatures, while clearly demonstrating the tension involved in this ongoing negotiation of adaptation and denial, also indicates that her difficulties arc related to her failure to recognize fully the arbitrariness of the sign.
The story she tells of Mr. Edgar Atkins Teagarden and his edible initials illustrates this failure. Moreover, The Misfit's subsequent discussion of signature, coupled with his threat of murder, cause the grandmother to repeat this error; she retreats back into the assumptions whose erosion she has been attempting to deny, but these assumptions, which have been dismantled throughout the story, offer her no protection from her killer.
In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” the Misfit quotes his father speaking about him: “It’s some that can live their whole life out without asking about it and it’s others has to know why it. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor In the short story, 'A Good Man is Hard to Find', the main character is the grandmother. Flannery O'Connor, the author, lets the reader find out who the grandmother is by her conversations and reactions to the other characters in the story. (Flannery O’Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find") There is no doubt that The Misfit takes center stage of O’Connor’s story, “ A Good Man is Hard to Find.” The Grandmother makes for the perfect pre-show hype man.
The grandmother's value system is founded upon particular notions of aristocracy and heredity. According to this system, there is a specific, superior class of people, the gentility, in which one can locate certain finer qualities.
This class and its attributes cannot be separated from each other by a change in outward appearances, even one as severe as the Confederacy's crippling defeat in the Civil War: A certain social order follows from the assumption that blood is the guarantor of worth, an order in which ladies are treated as ladies, gentlemen behave as gentlemen, and those of less fortunate lineage remain in their appropriate, subordinate places.
By attaching such great importance to heredity, this social structure reflects a logocentric foundation. According to the structure, the gentility possess certain admirable qualities, and these qualities have a point of origin: Through blood, these attributes have been communicated, directly and without any deterioration of the original signal, through the many generations that have followed from this starting point.
The accuracy and reliability of this communication are guaranteed by the one-to-one relation that exists between the information being transmitted and the mechanism of that transmission. The blood that carries value is comprised of that value: A southern gentlemen is therefore as good as his word, because his word is as good as his blood; his blood is his worth, and that worth is the Word.
The logocentric relationship of word and worth is reflected in the grandmother's approach to her environment. In her efforts to preserve the values of an aristocratic tradition, she devotes as much attention to the maintenance of that tradition's outward signs as she does to its less visible aspects.
She is very conscious throughout the story of what people are wearing, because to her it is through such things as clothing that one can externally reflect internal worth, even when this worth is otherwise obscured by surrounding conditions.
The clothes make the woman: No outfit, no matter how carefully chosen, could provide an adequate line of defense against the drastic shift occurring within the grandmother's culture. The terms of the grandmother's value system are being rapidly undercut by a mercantile order in which blood is displaced by money.Working his way through "Greenleaf," "Everything that Rises Must Converge," or "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the new reader feels an existential hollowness reminiscent of Camus' The Stranger; O'Connor's imagination appears a barren, godless plane of meaninglessness, punctuated by pockets of random, mindless cruelty.
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For example, the death of the grandmother in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is handled in a short statement: " and [he] shot her three times through the chest." The emphasis is immediately shifted then to the effect of the shooting, which is emblematically used to portray her probable salvation.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor In the short story, 'A Good Man is Hard to Find', the main character is the grandmother. Flannery O'Connor, the author, lets the reader find out who the grandmother is by her conversations and reactions to the other characters in the story. O'Connor, Flannery.
A good man is hard to find and other stories. (A Harvest/HBJ book) A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND THE GRANDMOTHER didn't want to go to Florida. She wanted to said he was a very good-looking man . O’Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood () and The Violent Bear It Away (), and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find () and Everything That Rises Must Converge ().
Her Complete Stories, published posth Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in /5.