A Great Male is Tough to Find Flannery O’Connor’s story, A Good Man is Difficult to Discover, brings a story in which she connects her experience as a victim of lupus erythematosus with her writings. The story starts with a common family that starts a journey that becomes the last of their lives as the journey approaches to an end, in addition to their imminent death, yet something remarkable occurs with the main character. The main character, the Granny, alters her heart by the terrible ways of the “Misfit”, who is a criminal that left from the penitentiary.
One might believe that Grannies are sweet and loving, and typically innocent due to their sophisticated age and condition. We, as society, think about them as great examples of individuals that radiate love, coaches, and protectors of morality and good manners. Nevertheless, this is not the case in An Excellent Guy Is Tough to Discover, by Flannery O’Connor. As the story unfolds, her personality shows that hidden evil all of us carry inside and how detouring on a path takes an entire household to face dreadful repercussions, yet someone finds redemption from that evil.
An Excellent Man Is Hard to Find is a story that symbolizes redemption, because there is a sinner, there is a journey, and there is redemption. In our society we tend to lessen, and sometimes remove the word “sin” due to the fact that, for the a lot of part, it bothers individuals’s conscience. Although the word “sin” is not clearly exposed in the story A Great Male is Difficult to Discover, the action and consequences of sin are strongly present throughout the story, in all the characters, especially the Grandmother.
The primary character and sinner in the story is the Grandmother because she is referred to as an egocentric person, considering that the circumstance they face is that they are all captives of the serial killer, “The Misfit”, and she plan on her life just. The granny stated, “You would not shoot a lady, would you?” (Flannery O’Connor 313). This is an obvious example of how she doesn’t stop to think about the rest of her family. In addition, one might believe that in numerous events the Granny makes simple remarks that compare various times of her life, the present and how things utilized to be.
On the other hand, Grannies’ comments represent the contrast between the dark past of society and the reality that it hasn’t altered much. During the journey, Granny makes a comment that shows her contrasts; she said “In my time, children were more considerate of their native states and their moms and dads and everything else. Individuals did right then” (Flannery O’Connor 308). In the same scene, Grandmother contradicts herself by saying, “Little niggers in the nation don’t have things like we do.
If I might paint, I ‘d paint that photo,” (Flannery O’Connor 308). No argument, she is a barefaced hypocrite. Moreover, the way she dressed to go on a road trip, as the author describes the grandma, “Had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on a brim and a navy dress with a little white dot on print. “(Flannery O’Connor 307). Also, her fashion jewelry “her collars and cuffs where white organdy trimmed with lace and her neckline she had actually pinned a purple spray of fabric violets consisting of a sachet. (Flannery O’Connor 307). Her overstated attire, plus the severe precious jewelry for a journey shows her ego and her desire to be discovered as a lady. Whether one thinks in God, or not, all of us start the journey of life, in which we experience an inner improvement. Any journey has a destination; nevertheless, decisions made throughout the trip may alter the location and its outcome. Flannery O’Connor utilizes the trip to represent the pilgrimage Granny and her family need to go through.
Considering that the beginning of the journey, Grandmother took unnecessary stuff, “her huge black valise that appeared like a head of a hippopotamus”, and her mascot “Pitty Sing, the cat” (Flannery O’Connor 307), knowing that this action will incommode the household and become an element of the cause of the mishap. One might think that the luggage represents only hassle; nevertheless, this represents ones’ regrets or disobediences that have not been forgiven nor forgotten. During the trip, the Grandma makes a crucial remark about her past when she utilized to date Mr.
Teagarden by stating, “She would of have done well to wed Mr. Teagarden because he was a gentleman and had purchased Coca-Cola stock when initially came out and that he had actually passed away just a few years earlier, a very wealthy male.” (Flannery O’Connor 309). It reveals her fond memories and regret of not weding that guy however it definitely also reveals her ambition. She seemingly hasn’t knowledgeable real love. Therefore, it certainly reveals that her luggage did not consist just of clothing and precious jewelry, however of fond memories and remorse. In addition, the exact same illusion of her love with Mr.
Teagarden triggered the inner desire in her dream to go check out the plantation and the house where, as Grandmother said, “You took a seat with your suitor after a walk in the garden.” (Flannery O’Connor 311). Ultimately, in a self-indulgent act, she “craftily” (Flannery O’Connor 311) lies, causing the detouring of the path. They have taken a hazardous unclean roadway, as the author describes it “was uneven and there were unexpected washes in it and sharp curves on dangerous embankments” (Flannery O’Connor 312).
As a result, while driving on that unsafe roadway, the accident occurred due to Granny’s recklessness. This situation metaphors the options one makes in life and their consequences. The mishap is simply an indication of how one falls through the journey. There could not be a redemption story without a Hero, and a sinner to whom needs to be redeemed. After the accident, everyone left the car and saw the cars and truck approaching far away, “on top of a hill”, giving the sense that assist is originating from above, which in a Biblical way, is symbolically showing that help is coming from paradise.
In addition, when they got here, “the Misfit” goes out, standing in front of them, “looking down at them” (Flannery O’Connor 313). He is accompanied by two fellows; one using a “t-shirt with a silver stallion”. All of these information represent a Redeemer, or a Godly figure. In addition, the Redeemer quickly finds who is in requirement to be redeemed when Grandmother makes a terrible mistake by acknowledging the criminal “You’re the Misfit” she said (Flannery O’Connor 313).
At this point, she has applauded her entire household and The Misfit verifies that saying “it would have been much better for all of you, woman, if you had not reckernized me.” (Flannery O’Connor 313). Granny responds, “You would not shoot a woman, would you?” (Flannery O’Connor 313). This action verifies the Misfit that she is the sinner who hasn’t repented from all her sins because she reflects the egocentrism of worrying about her life only, with no given thought about the entire household, not even the children.
The Misfit uses the desperation and impotence of the girl to make her recognize that there is no escape from the inescapable. As he starts eliminating the family using the aid from his assistants, Grandma begins to attract the Misfit’s heart by stating, “You have actually got excellent blood! I understand you would not shoot a lady!” (Flannery O’Connor 316). As the other half of the household was eliminated, Grandmother tells the Misfit, “You are among my own children” (Flannery O’Connor 317) appealing that he would feel liked and would let her live.
Nonetheless, she got shot and the Misfit said, “She would have been an excellent female, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” (Flannery O’Connor 317). This is the brilliant example of redemption because in order to understand excellent, and be great, we need to face that adversary that puts one to the test and takes out the great from within. One may relate to the Grannies’ sensations of impotence and desperation since when suffering, or dealing with death, one recognizes the real charm of life and its richness that most of the time are undetected due to one’s loss of sight from sin.
In conclusion, A Goodman is Tough to Discover is a story that symbolizes redemption due to the fact that there is a sinner, there is a journey, and there is redemption. As the story unfolds, her character reflects that concealed evil all of us bring inside and how a path’s detour takes a whole family to deal with devastating repercussions, yet a single person finds redemption from that evil. One might think that Grannies are all sweet, caring, typically innocent, coaches, and protectors of morality and good manners. Nonetheless, this was not the case in this story.