A Good Man is Hard to Find Analysis

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Claire Gardner Headmaster Miller AP Lit 12/1/16 A Good Man is Hard to Find Analysis Flannery O’Connor wrote her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” in order to discuss the many ways that people express their morality. O’Connor designed a group of characters that fill a wide spectrum of righteousness. According to “Good Man”, one can conclude that the goodness of an individual is relative and, therefore, can only be judged based on the virtue of others. Consequently, true goodness is unattainable for humanity, which reaffirms O’Connor’s idea the importance of reverence for immaculate religious figures. According to Joshua Wimmer, a contributor for Study.com, the idea of goodness in O’Connor’s piece is well described in the premise of “all have sinned”. The characters in “Good Man” all have flaws, but in varying degrees and always without admission. The characters, while imperfect themselves, readily comment on the faults of others: “[Red Sammy] and the grandmother discussed better times. The old lady said that in her opinion Europe was to blame for the way things are now. She said the way Europe acted you would think we were made out of money and Red Sam said it was no use talking about it, she was absolutely right” (7). The denial of personal imperfections is a
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