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Strangely, she uses this violence to depict salvation, often through spiritually or physically grotesque characters. She experiences the birth of the new man into eternal life through her physical death.
Her spiritual transformation from a self-sufficient woman to that of a praying woman dependent on Jesus peaks with her compassion for her murderer right before her physical death. She even suggests to the Misfit that he pray: However, I believe more emphasis should also be placed on the Misfit because his spiritual experience is equally important to the complete meaning of the story.
The Misfit does not find Jesus through salvation in this story, though he does make a conscious decision to reject Him. He knows there is a choice to either throw away everything and follow Jesus or continue enjoying himself doing whatever he pleases, indeed worshipping himself Friedman He knows the cost of living for Jesus and chooses not to pay.
Eggenschwiler suggests that the Misfit can clearly see the association between the grandmother and Jesus; he recoils from her touch—and her forgiveness—because of his adamant rejection and defiance of God As a further act of rejection, he shoots the grandmother three times, a number sacred to religion because of its association with the trinity.
What motive could possibly have driven him to reject Jesus in such a violent and irreverent way? His spiritual grotesqueness led him to violence, even murder though his real conflict was with God, not the grandmother. He tries to hide his true character from himself, and in his attempt to be self-sufficient, he rejects the truth of life offered by Jesus.
He then continues to do nothing except what pleases himself, because as he says: Hendin 5 I believe the spiritual events surrounding the Misfit are just as important as those happening to the grandmother. No, this great Southern writer must have intended for there to be a deeper experience.
Works Cited Eggenschwiler, David. Wayne State University Press, Friedman, Melvin and Beverly Clark.
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Fans of the novel like the way that Flannery O’Connor is able to understand everything about the people she writes about. How they talk and what they are incapable of and do not know. The book is an amazing look at things like redemption, sin, and heresy.
The publication of her first short-story collection, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (), made O'Connor's Christian vision and darkly comic intent somewhat clearer to readers and allowed them to more easily. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” however, I believe that Flannery O’Connor intended for the spiritual aspect of the story to be addressed not only with the grandmother’s simple conversion, but also with the Misfit’s more complex rejection of salvation.
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