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How would I write an essay on the prompt: "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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Although the grandmother relies on religion to save her in the end, she doesn't exhibit any tenets of Christlike behavior when her own life doesn't hang in the balance. She proves herself to be racist, judgmental, and dishonest in the car ride toward her eventual death.

Yet when she is faced with the possibility that the Misfit might murder her, she turns to religion, and asks the Misfit if he ever prays. Although her daily life renounces the commandments of Christ through her actions, she believes that the Misfit has a personal relationship with Christ. This belief is in spite of his actions, as he sends...

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