Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find,"

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Flannery O'Connor's short story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," is about people losing faith. This story is about a family taking a trip from Georgia to Florida. While driving the family gets into an accident and runs into a serial killer named The Misfit. In this short story, The Misfit is the one that lacks the most faith. Its clear that through The Misfit talking to the grandmother the reader realizes that the Misfit has no faith.

"Jesus was the only one that ever raised the dead," the Misfit continued, "and he shouldn't have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If he did what he said, then it's nothing for you to do but thow away everything and follow him, and if he didn't, then it's nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you go left the best way you can-by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him.

No pleasure but meanness." The Misfit is saying that if Jesus did raise the dead, then everyone should be following his path and if Jesus didn't raise the dead then we should all do whatever we want to do, because there are no consequences to the action. By this the reader realizes that The Misfit has no faith in god, because The Misfit questions the existents of God.

"Nome, I ain't a good man," "but I ain't the worst in the world neither. My daddy said, 'You know,' Daddy said, 'it's some that can live their whole life without asking about it and it's others has to know why it is, and this boy is one of the latters. He's going to be into everything!' " He means that some...