The things that come to mind having checked out Flannery O’Connor’s story, An Excellent Guy is Tough to Find are grace, grace, and the injustice of justice. The story generally handles the main character, the grandmother, and how she relates with others.
The grandmother is self-indulgent and liked getting attention, as appeared in the first paragraph of the story when the entire family was set to going to Florida she was still trying to encourage them to go to Tennessee rather, where she would like to go to satisfy her good friends.
Although she relented with going to Florida, she ensured she got into the car first so she might conceal her pet cat, which she knows her kid does not like to cause journeys.
Further, she is seated in between the 2 kids, which seem like the grandma’s ploy so she might get the kids’s attention, or at least a few of it, by pointing intriguing landscapes and telling them stories.
In the future in the story, it is her selfishness that got the family into difficulty, informing the children about a house with secret panels where silver is concealed so they would wish to see it even though she understood there was no such thing, and after understanding that she was incorrect she attempted not confess to anybody and the cat she privately brought with her caused a commotion.
The grandma focused on information, and on the severe, commemorated superficialities. She wore such elaborate devices to opt for her dress, to make sure that if anything happens the people will know precisely that she was a woman.
She indicated a black kid they went by, commenting what a lovely painting it would make but not actually feeling sorry for the kid’s plight. Perhaps what revealed the grandmother’s penchant for superficiality is the distinction in between how she and June Star talks.
The granny criticized June Star for being tactless and ill-mannered, but June Star all throughout the story spoke her mind out loud, even if it angered other people, whereas the granny participated in small talks with everyone, in the car, with Uncle Sam and his other half, even with The Misfit.
To some extent, the grandma’s character is pleasant, in the sense that it appropriately portrays the typical person, with concerns relating to look, norms, and what is politically correct. Nevertheless, it reveals the defects of being one. And the story deals with this, and the change of the granny at the last seconds of her life.
The grandma, faced with The Misfit, began paying lip service that The Misfit should be an excellent male, stating she knows he should originate from nice individuals. The Misfit shares his fragmented story, and we notice that he suffered oppression, and he has broken out of prison to provide justice to the oppression done to him. He does not understand his criminal offense, however they had documents on him that shows he did dedicate a criminal offense, and the penalty drove him insane.
The granny heard The Misfit, but she was not actually listening all this time, as she was more interested in informing The Misfit to pray and trying to convince The Misfit and herself that he was a great guy. The grandma’s talk of the excellent male reveals that what she thinks about great people are people who pray, who get in touch with to Jesus, who are spiritual so to speak. She asked The Misfit to hope, to change, indirectly to spare her life, and yet she continues to evaluate him, informing him that he must pray and even use him cash.
Yet, all her talk was not lost. When The Misfit confided his confusion, saying that he wished he had actually been there when Jesus raised the dead so he would understand for sure and then he will not be like what he is, the grandmother’s head cleared.
And as the grandma understood this and touched him, informing him, “Why you’re one of my children. You are among my own kids”, it was like the hand of grace that touched him, since then the granny was lastly seeing The Misfit as he actually is, a male in need of direction, grace and grace, no various than her or her own household, and in that last breath she understood all that she was stating about Jesus and being excellent, and at that minute she accepted her death.
The Misfit said that she would have been a good woman if there was somebody there to shot her every minute of her life, showing that the grandma stopped evaluating people and started accepting them at the face of death. Still, it was a good thing for her to have actually accomplished her own saving grace by understanding what grace implied prior to she passed away.