Flannery O’Connor was a deeply devout Christian and a seriously committed Roman Catholic, and so it is not surprising that her religious views affected such works as her famous story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Like many Christians, O’Connor believed that the root of human sin and imperfection lay in human pride or self-centeredness. Examples include the following:
- Initially the grandmother is trying to manipulate the rest of the family into doing what she wants to do, despite their resistance. Her manipulative efforts, here and throughout the story, reflect her pride.
- The parents in the story essentially ignore the grandmother, thus revealing their own pride. Their refusal to pay her any heed probably reflects their long familiarity with her manipulative nature and manipulative tactics, but their failure even to speak to her certainly does not reflect ideal Christian behavior.
- The conduct of the boy, who speaks disrespectfully toward the grandmother, is yet another example of...
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