A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," what does the Misfit mean by his remark, "She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life"?

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In Flannery O'Connor's world of fiction , grace is often obtained from an act of evil, or through the agency of violence that acts as a catalyst for spiritual epiphany. In the case of the egotistical grandmother who puts her own desires ahead of any of her family members, it is only after her son Bailey and his wife and children are killed and she herself is faced with death that she looks up at the Misfit and recognizes their commonality, "Why....You're...

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