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Professor Wyman English 102 24 February 2006 A Genuinely Good Man is Hard to Find Currently in 2006, 84% of the human population believes in some type of religion (Flannery O'Connor). Flannery O’Connor grew up in Georgia during the 30s and 40s (Flannery O'Connor), during an age when religion was nearly universal. When she wrote “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” she wrote it as a negative satire for religion in general based on her personal experiences. The two main symbols in the story are the grandmother and the Misfit; these two characters are represented as a way for O’Connor to express her displeasure with the negative aspects of religion she has been witness to while growing up. The Grandmother in the story is an aged woman going on a trip with her family. She represents the basic religious person. Because of O’Connor’s background, the grandmother is probably Christian, Catholic, or some sub category of those denominations (Flannery O'Connor). Being born in the bible belt of the U.S., the things she saw influenced her. All the bad aspects of religion were funneled into the grandmother. During a good portion of the story, the grandmother makes remarks about respect. “In my time children were more respectful” she says in reproach to her grandchildren. She constantly talks about respect, yet refuses to mirror any upon her family. She even manipulates the children into making Baily Boy take a detour. “There was a secret panel in this house,” she said craftily, not telling the truth but wishing that she were, and the story went that all the family silver was hidden in it when Sherman came through but it was never found…”(O’Connor 198) This caused
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the children to make a fuss, and Bailey Boy to go where the grandmother wants. She disobeys
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