A Good Man is Hard to Find Essay 1 - A Good Man is Hard to Find Representation of Christianity Ever since the excommunication of Galileo in 1633 the

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“A Good Man is Hard to Find”: Representation of Christianity Ever since the excommunication of Galileo in 1633, the Roman Catholic Church has been pushing forth an agenda that is far from the truth. Since its establishment centuries ago, it has been committing deceitful acts such as accepting bribes from the wealthy as a form of penance to forgive their sins. Most notably, recent controversies have shown them guilty of covering up the crimes of over 3,400 pedophile priests such as Monsignor Francis McCaa, who sexually assaulted a ten year old boy in a small town in Pennsylvania. All of these acts have proven them to be dishonest and hypocritical, as their values and teachings directly contradict their actions. In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the grandmother represents this negative side of Christianity that is heavily embodied by the Roman Catholic Church through her prejudice, her heavy use of manipulation, and her selfishness. The grandmother’s prejudice views represent the side of Christianity that has followers who believe that their faith alone holds all the answers. These believers, similar to the grandmother, are completely closed off to any ideas that contradict their own, often making claims without any reasoning. This becomes apparent when she proclaims that “Europe was entirely to blame for the way things” were in the story (33). By doing this, she scapegoats all of the problems she observes in her own society to an entire continent while providing no logical reasoning to her claim and leaving no room for discussion. She displays this prejudice even more deeply when she indirectly expresses her views on what constitutes a lady. The
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