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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”?

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Flannery O’Connor acknowledged the influence of her Catholic faith on her writing. The characters in the story cannot be neatly separated into good or evil. Although the Misfit and his crew are obviously the villains, as they commit cold-blooded murders, the grandmother is a far from a sympathetic character. Not only does she voice many opinions, but her indiscreet behavior calls attention to her family and precipitates their deaths. With this complexity, O’Connor calls attention to the way that faith...

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