A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

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How do you think the grandmother changes during the course of events in  "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

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The grandmother's character arc reflects the Catholic mindset of the story's author, Flannery O'Connor. Initially, the grandmother is a selfish, snobby person. She looks down on black people and glorifies the Old South. She cares about her appearance only so other people will assume she's classy and "a lady." She does not seem to care about her family, even as they are being led out into the woods to die at the hands of the Misfit's gang.

However, her encounter with the Misfit changes everything. When the Misfit first appears, he is described as a rather unattractive man in a Hawaiian shirt, hardly the epitome of class and good taste. He is a criminal. And yet when he sobs about how empty and unhappy he is, the Grandmother's soul is moved. She calls him "one of my own babies" because she realizes her connection to all other human beings. She sees herself and the Misfit as fellow sinners longing for redemption.

She dies reaching out to touch the Misfit. For the...

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