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by Flannery O’Connor

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How does religiousness influence the themes in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”? How does the grandmother, a seemingly religious person, factor in this?

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With a question such as this one, I would suggest you think very carefully about the characterization of the grandmother across the course of the story. Keep in mind, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a story that revolves around the epiphany at its end, with the grandmother experiencing a profound, if momentary, shift in her personality in the moment she faces death. How has her attitude changed in this moment, and what does this contrast suggest about the nature of religious attitudes overall?

As you state in your question, the grandmother is Christian, but it is worth asking the degree to which her faith is genuine. If it isn't genuine, to what degree does it exist merely as an expression of her social pretensions? The grandmother is vain, proud,...

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