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A Good Man Is Hard to Find: the Struggle of Acceptance


John Tucker Dr. Larry Structure II 30 April 2010 The Struggle of Acceptance The narrative “A Good Guy is Tough to Find” represents forgiveness and modification as an essential aspects resulting in emotional turmoil resulting in the death of the grandmother. Both, forgiveness and change provide thinking for the murder and thinking to prevent the murder.

In both cases Jesus Christ shows His influence on life, individuals beliefs and motives. Death, even though an awful incident, actually offers point of view of how Christ influences the viewpoint of both the grandmother and The Misfit as points in dedication in Him and living a Christian life entered into play.

The Misfit invested his entire life thinking in something that was, in my opinion as a follower, wrong. It is very tough to follow something your entire life and accept something entirely opposite in the matter of minutes and ask for forgiveness making it entirely tough for The Misfit to dedicate toward what the grandma was attempting to persuade. Living a Christian way of life, you need to take in consideration that forgiveness takes part in dedication towards Jesus Christ. Commitment is something that you do not rush into, dedication is something that requires time and is something you build.

To request for forgiveness for sin takes courage and the want to turn incorrect into right. This point in The Misfit’s life is where the fear of not just dedication however modification takes its toll. Changing his understanding meant changing his beliefs, and altering his beliefs implied altering his life. The Misfit was not just afraid of modification however afraid of the fact that Jesus might have actually developed from the dead, leading to his beliefs to be wiped out and his life a dreadful mistake. An awareness this big forced him to eliminate doubt, in this case the granny trying to persuade him of being, in her viewpoint, excellent.

However the grandma’s words didn’t fade along with her death; O’Conner discussed her own work saying, “… the old woman’s gesture, like the mustard-seed, will grow to be a fantastic crow-filled tree in The Misfit’s heart …” (Kennedy, Gioia 253) Without question, In my viewpoint, together with O’Connor’s, the grandma’s act of connecting to another boy of God, forgiveness and modification prove to show excellent impact in an individual’s life in this story with the result of a drastic step ending the life of a female leaving a mark on The Misfit’s heart and beliefs.

Not just was the Misfit’s life impacted by modification, but the grandma’s life took an extreme turn as well. Supporting my idea, Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton stated “As the courses of these 2 characters assemble … they are both provided chances for grace.” (Brinkmeyer Jr., from Kennedy, Gioia 267) Case in point, throughout the story the grandma was stressed over taking the image of a Christian female besides acting like one. Being self-centered, the granny just thought of herself when the area of the trip was being chosen.

Not only did the disagreement in between the family and the grandmother represent her selfishness however more significantly her desire to save only herself as individuals she enjoyed died around her. The confrontation with the Misfit provided the grandmother’s mindset a turn in the opposite instructions resulting in an understanding that her life wasn’t being resided in a Christian manner. This awareness caused an attempt to save the Misfit’s life and help him make the right decisions in the future through the approval of Jesus Christ, probably the most respectable thing a person might carry out in their life.

The battle of accepting Christ and following Him with Christian morals really takes part in the story and is the main reason for conflict. Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., a critic on Flannery O’Connor, studied O’Connor’s work and evidentially concerned state O’Connor was, “Attempting to bridge this space between thinking author and unbelieving audience …”(Piedmont-Marton) I think O’Connor, “Attempting to bridge this gap …” genuinely took the battle of approval into consideration judging on her history for composing short stories and their plots.

Symbolically, O’Connor utilizes the grandmother’s words of persuasion to suggest the power that great has over wicked and the desperate actions evil will carry out to avoid the truth that it is incorrect. Forgiveness and change is among the last steps of changing evil, or sin, into what is right. With that being stated, evil chooses depending on the quality of persuasion, in this case the granny representing the truth that forgiveness and modification is still a choice. Discuss death being the element that affects the misfit and the grandmother particularly through Christ.

Then emphasize how Christ is the center of the internal dispute. And then broaden the very end by discussing how the story has to do with death and how each faith effects choice making and how the story turns out.

Bibliography Piedmont-Marton, Elisabeth, for Brief Stories for Trainees, Windstorm Research, 1997. Kennedy, X. J. and Dana Gioia. Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Composing. Boston: 2010. Print Brinkmeyer Jr., Robert H. “Flannery O’Connor and Her Readers.” Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Boston: 2007. Print

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