How did Flannery O'Connor's life and beliefs influence her writing in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?
Flannery O'Connor was a devout Roman Catholic who was diagnosed with lupus in 1952. As a result, she moved back to her family farm in Georgia for the last twelve years of her life.
We can see the influence of her faith in the story. O'Connor's Catholicism caused her to understand that the world is an evil and fallen place, as exhibited in the behavior of the Misfit and his men, and also to a lesser extent in the grandmother, a silly, manipulative, racist woman who causes the murder of her family. However, O'Connor's faith also led her to believe that, although all human beings are grotesque and fallen, all of us are children of God and able to receive God's grace and salvation. The grandmother experiences the grace of God, for example, when she can perceive the Misfit who is about to murder her as her "son." For a brief instant, even the Misfit seems to feel God's spirit as the grandmother connects with him on a deep level right before he shoots her.
We can see the influence of O'Connor's...
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