One may believe that Grannies are sweet and caring, and typically innocent due to their innovative age and condition. We, as society, consider them as great examples of people that radiate love, coaches, and protectors of morality and excellent manners. Nevertheless, this is not the case in A Great Male Is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor. As the story unfolds, her personality reflects that hidden evil all of us bring inside and how detouring on a route takes an entire family to deal with dreadful effects, yet someone finds redemption from that evil.
An Excellent Man Is Difficult to Find is a story that represents redemption, because there is a sinner, there is a journey, and there is redemption. In our society we tend to minimize, and often erase the word “sin” because, for the a lot of part, it bothers people’s conscience. Although the word “sin” is not clearly exposed in the story An Excellent Man is Tough to Find, the action and effects of sin are clearly present throughout the story, in all the characters, specifically the Granny.
The primary character and sinner in the story is the Grandma due to the fact that she is referred to as an egocentric person, considering that the circumstance they deal with is that they are all captives of the serial killer, “The Misfit”, and she plan on her life just. The grandma said, “You would not shoot a girl, would you?” (Flannery O’Connor 313). This is an obvious example of how she does not stop to think of the rest of her household. In addition, one may believe that in numerous events the Grandmother makes easy comments that compare different times of her life, the present and how things utilized to be.
On the other hand, Grannies’ comments represent the comparison in between the dark past of society and the truth that it hasn’t changed much. During the trip, Grandma makes a remark that shows her contrasts; she said “In my time, children were more considerate of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did ideal then” (Flannery O’Connor 308). In the exact same scene, Grandma opposes herself by saying, “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do.
If I could paint, I ‘d paint that picture,” (Flannery O’Connor 308). No argument, she is a barefaced hypocrite. In addition, the way she dressed to go on a journey, 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 gown with a little white dot on print. “(Flannery O’Connor 307). Also, her precious jewelry “her collars and cuffs where white organdy trimmed with lace and her neck line she had pinned a purple spray of fabric violets containing a sachet. (Flannery O’Connor 307). Her overstated clothing, plus the severe precious jewelry for a journey shows her ego and her desire to be seen as a woman. Whether one thinks in God, or not, all of us embark on the journey of life, in which we experience an inner improvement. Any journey has a location; however, choices made throughout the journey may alter the destination and its outcome. Flannery O’Connor uses the trip to represent the expedition Granny and her family need to go through.
Since the beginning of the journey, Granny took unnecessary things, “her big black valise that looked like a head of a hippopotamus”, and her mascot “Pitty Sing, the feline” (Flannery O’Connor 307), knowing that this action will incommode the household and become a factor of the reason for the accident. One might think that the baggage represents only hassle; nevertheless, this represents ones’ remorses or transgressions that have not been forgiven nor forgotten. Throughout the trip, the Grandmother makes a crucial remark about her past when she utilized to date Mr.
Teagarden by stating, “She would of have succeeded to wed Mr. Teagarden since he was a gentleman and had purchased Coca-Cola stock when initially came out and that he had died just a few years back, a very rich guy.” (Flannery O’Connor 309). It shows her fond memories and regret of not weding that man but it definitely also shows her aspiration. She obviously hasn’t skilled real love. Therefore, it definitely reveals that her baggage did not consist only of clothing and fashion jewelry, however of nostalgia and regret. In addition, the exact same impression 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 stated, “You took a seat with your suitor after a walk in the garden.” (Flannery O’Connor 311). Ultimately, in a self-centered act, she “craftily” (Flannery O’Connor 311) lies, triggering the detouring of the route. They have taken a harmful dirty road, as the author explains it “was hilly and there were sudden washes in it and sharp curves on hazardous embankments” (Flannery O’Connor 312).
As a result, while driving on that unsafe roadway, the mishap took place due to Grandmother’s recklessness. This scenario metaphors the choices one makes in life and their consequences. The mishap is simply an indication of how one fails the journey. There might not be a redemption story without a Savior, and a sinner to whom requires to be redeemed. After the mishap, everybody got out of the car and saw the vehicle approaching far, “on top of a hill”, offering the sense that help is originating from above, which in a Scriptural method, is symbolically showing that help is originating 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 “shirt with a silver stallion”. All of these information represent a Redeemer, or a Godly figure. In addition, the Redeemer quickly discovers who is in requirement to be redeemed when Grandma makes a horrible error by acknowledging the criminal “You’re the Misfit” she said (Flannery O’Connor 313).
At this point, she has commended her entire household and The Misfit validates that saying “it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you had not reckernized me.” (Flannery O’Connor 313). Grandma responds, “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” (Flannery O’Connor 313). This action validates the Misfit that she is the sinner who hasn’t repented from all her sins since she reflects the egocentrism of fretting about her life just, without any given thought about the whole family, not even the kids.
The Misfit uses the desperation and impotence of the woman to make her understand that there is no escape from the inevitable. As he starts eliminating the family using the help from his assistants, Grandmother begins to interest the Misfit’s heart by stating, “You have actually got excellent blood! I understand you wouldn’t shoot a lady!” (Flannery O’Connor 316). As the other half of the family was killed, Granny informs the Misfit, “You are among my own children” (Flannery O’Connor 317) appealing that he would feel loved and would let her live.
Nevertheless, she got shot and the Misfit said, “She would have been a good lady, if it had actually been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” (Flannery O’Connor 317). This is the vibrant example of redemption since in order to know great, and be great, we should face that foe that puts one to the test and takes out the good from within. One may connect to the Grandmas’ feelings of impotence and desperation since when suffering, or dealing with death, one recognizes the true beauty 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 Difficult to Discover is a story that signifies redemption due to the fact that there is a sinner, there is a journey, and there is redemption. As the story unfolds, her personality reflects that hidden evil all of us bring inside and how a route’s detour takes an entire household to face dreadful consequences, yet a single person finds redemption from that evil. One may think that Grandmas are all sweet, caring, frequently innocent, coaches, and protectors of morality and great manners. Nonetheless, this was not the case in this story.