In his essay “A Good Man’s Predicament,” Madison Jones essentially takes issue with Flannery O’Connor’s own interpretation of the very end of the story. Jones offers a different interpretation and suggests that his own reading may be truer to the actual phrasing of the story and to reality (at least as reality is generally understood) than is O’Connor’s interpretation. He implies that the two interpretations may not be incompatible, but he suggests that if they cannot be reconciled, then his interpretation makes better sense of the story.
In an essay on “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” O’Connor herself had argued that God uses the grandmother to touch The Misfit, both literally and figuratively. This touch was a moment of grace – an opportunity for The Misfit to transform his life spiritually, if only he would take advantage of the opportunity. By reaching out to The Misfit (O’Connor had argued), the grandmother truly and finally lives her Christian faith:
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