What message is O'Connor delivering in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and what is its impact?

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In "Good Country People" O'Conner is also commenting on condescending attitude.  Had Hulga-Joy not felt she was so above all the ignorant country people, she never would've gotten herself in a situation where she is stuck in a hayloft without her artificial leg.  Acceptance and open-mindedness is a positive quality.

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Yes, she usually drives home her point with the violence, which, again, is something she uses to gain the readers' attention.  She uses extreme examples to bring her message across.

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O'Connor's message isn't necessarily about how we need to change because we're inherently bad; it is more about how people sometimes experience salvation and redemption (and epiphanies) at the most unexpected times, when the characters would never expect to do so.

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Isnt "Good Country People" where she takes this so call bible salesman to her loft nad he asks her to remove her prosthetic leg, open his suitcase and he had like glass eyes and those sort of things and steal her prosthetic leg?

Yes, your summary is correct. If you'd like to read another O'Connor story, I recommend "Parker's Back," which is about a tattooed man. This story is also about a character's religious experience and revelation, but the characters---O.E. Parker and his wife Sarah Ruth---are truly memorable for their eccentricies. My students always enjoy reading and talking about this one.

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I would recommend reading "Good Country People," too, in addition to "Revelation" and "A Good Man is hard to find.  You'll find this theme of revelation and redemption and epiphany in this story, as well.  Good luck with your O'Connor project! :)

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There are a few things to take away from this truly amazing story (Flannery O'Connor is one of my top five favorite authors).  One of her common themes in her work, including this story, was the theme of redemption and salvation.  In many of her stories, her characters have their epiphanies when they least expect it, including the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find."  Not until it is her turn to die does she realize that her beliefs and attitudes have been grossly wrong.  Her epiphany is too late to save her life, however, and she is killed by "The Misfit."  Another message that emerges from this story is the negative effects of prejudice.  The grandmother is very prejudiced throughout the story, but then realizes that she has made a huge mistake by being so, and she realizes she is no different than anyone else on this Earth.  Finally, another message that emerges is the shocking nature of violence.  O'Connor included violence in her stories because she says it was necessary to get the readers' attention (eNotes).

 http://www.enotes.com/good-man/themes

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