“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor is one of my favorite authors.  She was a brilliant short story writer during the 1950s and early 60s.  You can find out more about her by clicking “Who was Flannery O’Connor.”  The following post is an analysis that I wrote on her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find (click here to read the story).


In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor tells the story of a confrontation that takes place between a kindly old Grandmother and a murderous serial killer named The Misfit.  In keeping with her with her distinctive Christian perspective, O’Connor masterfully weaves a parable that subtly reveals the insidious nature of sin and the shocking nature of grace.  The reference “A Good Man is Hard to Find” obviously correlates to the character of the amoral serial killer in the story known as The Misfit, but she also intends the phrase to describe the Grandmother.

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