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The Importance Of Violence In "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" By Flannery O'connor

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The Importance of Violence in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor.In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find", Flannery O'Connor uses violence as aforce of both good and evil to demonstrate how people's attitudes and perspectives of lifechange when they are faced with a situation of violent danger. The story is about a familyof six who, on their way to Florida are murdered by an escaped convict who calls himselfthe Misfit. The characters include the grandmother, her son Bailey, his wife and theirchildren John Wesley, June Star and the baby.In society violence is generally looked upon as evil because it is believed that nogood can result from violence. When looking at the ...view middle of the document...

It is here the reader realizes that grandmabelieves that she is better than others who are not like her. The fact that the grandmotheris very selfish is expressed often in the story. The first line in the story states "Thegrandmother didn't want to go to Florida" (330) with this being said the grandmothertries everything in her power to get the family to go to Tennessee because she hasconnections there whom she wants to visit. She ironically uses the newspaper article onthe Misfit in an attempt to discourage her family from going to Florida. She states "Iwouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it" (330).offering the article about the escaped convict.Violence can be seen as something that works for the good of the people in thesense that it allows or rather forces the grandmother to see the reality of the worldthrough the eyes of another. We see how the violent situation is beginning to effect herattitude when she reaches to adjust the brim of her hat and it comes off in her hand. Shelets the hat fall to the ground, something she would or never have allowed to happenbefore. Later in the story the grandmother has an epiphany, a sort of "moment ofgrace"(344), in which she becomes confused and realizes that she is no better thananyone else. She sees that everyone is equal, tied together through kinship. Thisrealization occurs at the end of the story when she states "Why you're one of my're one of my own children!" (340). After saying this the misfit shoots her, bringingan end to...

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