A Good Man Is Hard to Find Essay

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In the following essay, Ochshorn attempts to dispel some common misinterpretations of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find "-mainly that the grandmother was evil and the Misfit was misunderstood. Nevertheless, Ochshorn concedes that the grandmother's act of reaching out towards the Misfit was a last-ditch effort to save her own life.

Flannery O'Connor was often shocked to find how people interpreted her stories. Some readers of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" believed the grandmother was evil, even a witch. Soon O'Connor set out, quite explicitly, in letters and lectures to detail the theology of the story and the importance of the grandmother as an agent of grace. In a letter to John Hawkes, she explained how violence and grace come together:

More than in the Devil I am interested in the indication of Grace, the moment when you know that Grace has been offered...

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