Steven C. Bandy in "'One of My Babies': The Misfit and the Grandmother" argues that Flannery O'Connor has misunderstood her own story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Bandy states that O'Connor's characterization of the story as "a parable of grace and redemption" is incorrect; to the contrary, Bandy states that this story is, in fact, "subversive to the doctrines of grace and charity." The story has nothing to do with charity, but everything to do with grace.
In his critique, Bandy correctly draws our attention to the Grandmother's final words to the Misfit: "Why you're one of my babies. You're one of my own children!" He also draws attention to her gesture of touching the Misfit on the shoulder, which startles him and immediately precedes his shooting her. Perhaps we should be grateful that Bandy quotes O'Connor herself as saying if she had deleted "this gesture and what she says with it, I would have no story."
Clearly, this epiphany of the Grandmother, accompanied by her gesture, is the heart...
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