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by Flannery O’Connor

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When the grandmother’s head clears for an instant in "A Good Man is Hard to Find," what does she suddenly understand?

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For the majority of the story, the grandmother considers herself a morally superior individual and is depicted as a self-serving, manipulative woman, who is extremely judgmental and critical of others. The unnamed grandmother claims that her conscience is her guiding force in life and possesses superficial, traditional views of society. She also believes in a strict moral code and attempts to convince the Misfit to spare her life by referring to him as a good man. During her conversation with the Misfit, the grandmother is unaware of her hollow sentiments and does not recognize that her moral code is significantly flawed.

The grandmother even attempts to invoke Jesus's name to influence the Misfit's actions, which gives him the opportunity to reflect on his life. When the Misfit looks as if he will cry, the grandmother experiences an epiphany and murmurs,

Why you're one of my babies. You're one of my own children! (10).

The grandmother's final words and loving gesture reveal that she...

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