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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

by Flannery O’Connor

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The central message and moral of O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact

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The central message of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is the inherent depravity and potential for redemption in humanity. It highlights the superficial nature of societal morals and the profound moments of grace that can arise in dire situations. The story impacts readers by challenging their perceptions of goodness and morality, urging introspection on their values and actions.

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

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In "Good Country People" O'Conner is also commenting on condescending attitude.  Had Hulga-Joy not felt she was so above all the ignorant country people, she never would've gotten herself in a situation where she is stuck in a hayloft without her artificial leg.  Acceptance and open-mindedness is a positive quality.

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

Yes, she usually drives home her point with the violence, which, again, is something she uses to gain the readers' attention.  She uses extreme examples to bring her message across.

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

O'Connor's message isn't necessarily about how we need to change because we're inherently bad; it is more about how people sometimes experience salvation and redemption (and epiphanies) at the most unexpected times, when the characters would never expect to do so.

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

Isnt "Good Country People" where she takes this so call bible salesman to her loft nad he asks her to remove her prosthetic leg, open his suitcase and he had like glass eyes and those sort of things and steal her prosthetic leg?

Yes, your summary is correct. If you'd like to read another O'Connor story, I recommend "Parker's Back," which is about a tattooed man. This story is also about a character's religious experience and revelation, but the characters---O.E. Parker and his wife Sarah Ruth---are truly memorable for their eccentricies. My students always enjoy reading and talking about this one.

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

I would recommend reading "Good Country People," too, in addition to "Revelation" and "A Good Man is hard to find.  You'll find this theme of revelation and redemption and epiphany in this story, as well.  Good luck with your O'Connor project! :)

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What message does O'Connor deliver in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and its impact?

There are a few things to take away from this truly amazing story (Flannery O'Connor is one of my top five favorite authors).  One of her common themes in her work, including this story, was the theme of redemption and salvation.  In many of her stories, her characters have their epiphanies when they least expect it, including the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find."  Not until it is her turn to die does she realize that her beliefs and attitudes have been grossly wrong.  Her epiphany is too late to save her life, however, and she is killed by "The Misfit."  Another message that emerges from this story is the negative effects of prejudice.  The grandmother is very prejudiced throughout the story, but then realizes that she has made a huge mistake by being so, and she realizes she is no different than anyone else on this Earth.  Finally, another message that emerges is the shocking nature of violence.  O'Connor included violence in her stories because she says it was necessary to get the readers' attention (eNotes).

 http://www.enotes.com/good-man/themes

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What is the dominant impression of O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

What may be considered a dominant impression is the grandmother's salvation at a most unsuspected moment, and it is a moment of violence, as well.

Flannery O'Connor herself has stated that she uses violence to grab readers' attention so that they will not miss the moment of grace. Added to this violence is the fact that in this Southern Gothic tale it is the grotesque, the Misfit, who recoils from the grandmother, rather than the other way around. This action, too, brings the readers' focus onto the unsuspected moment that the grandmother realizes that she is herself a sinner:

"...Why, you're one of my children!" ....She reached out and touched him on the shoulder. The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest.

After she is shot, the grandmother collapses into a seated position with her legs crossed before her, much like a Christ-figure who has been taken down from the crucifix. This Christian image, then, underscores the grandmother's salvation effected through violence.

The demonstration that this salvation of the grandmother is attained through violence are the words of the grotesque himself, "She would of been a good woman...if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

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What is the moral of O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

I don't think there is an actual moral to this story (or lesson). The main point of the story, in many critics' opinions, is in the revelation of the theme (redemption and salvation) and how people can find salvation and redemption in the most unlikely of places and how those places aren't always good ones or ideal ones, either, as in this story.  Unfortunately, the grandmother's revelation comes to late to save her own life, although one could argue that at least she HAD a revelation.

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