A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Absence of Heavenly Assistance on the Characters

The title itself triggered prejudice upon my mind on the theme of the story. I have been expecting, from the very start, the concept that indeed “an excellent male is difficult to discover” style would be all throughout the story. Indeed my insights were proper.

The reasons my perceptions have stayed intact and have not been swayed can be credited to the method the story itself have actually progressed. In fact, at the start, I never ever had the faintest idea how and why Flannery O’Connor provided such title to her story. With the presence of the “wicked grandmother” in the story as I might say, I have actually reasoned on how humanity or an individual can really be bad.

In the story, I have actually observed the absence of heavenly assistance on the characters, especially to the old female, the grandma. In her alone, I have pictured the reality of a wicked act and evil’s presence.

Additionally, I have found out that in lots of celebrations, human beings can not truly make better choices and how their thinking can be influenced by the things they think and by their aspirations: materialism. I have seen this specific scenario when the old lady believed that perfectly dressed males are much better and good-hearted than those that are haggard looking and unclean ones.

Additionally, I can see the bulging ego of the characters and how material world have actually affected the lives of humankind in general. I see egocentricities and heavy pride in the old lady as well in the dominant tough character of the son. In the presence of the Misfit, I have viewed disrespect and a strong absence of beliefs to the supreme being.

Again, an excellent guy remains in fact hard to discover. Male is typically evil, proud, materialistic and lost. Just with God’s grace and guidance they can be led in a right pathway of life. In the story, these ideas were emphasized making me stay with my thoughts concerning the story.

As the grandma and the Misfit found something unusual, it was really not as uncommon as they have actually believed. It was sin and suffering in life. Certainly the granny “would have been a good lady … if it had actually been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”


Castle A. (2007 ). “An Excellent Man is Difficult to Find”. The Literary Encyclopedia, 14 October 2007. Accessed 16 May 2008 from <

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