Views and Characters
Flannery O’Connor wrote the short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in the hopes of portraying to the reader the racist views of the time: many of the ideals possess "a kind of holy madness or beauty." (Kirszner 238). These are the words mentioned in Literature, and express the emotions that O’Connor made the grandmother experience in the story.
The story takes on a sort of irony throughout to provide a comedic look at old values and traditions, displaying to the reader how we advance over time. The grandmother very ignorantly describes just how separate dark and light colored people were during the period:
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Despite the obvious difference in language barriers, the grandmother does reflect a soft side:
"Two fellers come in here last week," Red Sammy said, "driving a Chrysler. It was a old beat-up car but it was a good one and these boys looked all right to me. Said they worked at the mill and you know I let them fellers charge the gas they bought? Now why did I do that?"
"Because you’re a good man!" the grandmother said at once.
Of notable importance, the name Sam means to listen, or to hear, supporting the fact of racial differences. (Babycenter) This could be the explanation why the characters, Sam and the grandmother, have the most polite conversation in the entire short story. The two seem to connect on a level, almost as if they had been long lost friends and just acquainted by fate. These two also share a bigoted view of European states, further contributing to the complex views of the grandmother. The conversation between Sam and the grandmother shows the beauty that people with such hatred for others can share.
The story has one final conflict between the grandmother and her valued traditions, taking place between her and the Misfit. The Misfit is described earlier in the story as someone that people would not want to run into, but the grandmother’s strange assessment of certain situations quickly turn her against her own words:
"Listen," the grandmother almost screamed, "I know you’re a good man. You don’t look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people!"