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In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” two main characters are developed, the grandmother and the Misfit. The two are contrasting characters based on their image of salvation, but they are similar with how they both are ultimately changed by God’s grace.
To begin, the grandmother is one very interesting grandmother. She really isn’t the stereotypical grandmother one might depict. For the majority of the story, the grandmother has a hard time encountering God. It is obvious the grandmother believes she is high class and superior. For example, the grandmother pleads for her life to the Misfit with the words, “‘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,’” (O’Connor 127). This exclamation from the grandmother shows her hierarchal belief that she is on top of the social class structure. Furthermore, by suggesting the Misfit must come from good people, it implies she thinks she is a good person as well. Because of this mindset and her high self-esteem, the grandmother thinks she will be saved by God. This attitude blocks her from encountering God, because she doesn’t think she needs to do
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Although it can’t be concluded either are completely transformed, there are obvious changes to their faith. By the end of the story, the grandmother is able to fall off her high horse and see the equality in their sinfulness. In comparison to the Misfit, he is able to change by realizing there is no pleasure in living a life of meanness. Although there are similarities between the characters, the major difference is how they mediate God’s grace. The grandmother spends most of her life ignorant of God’s grace, and she has a narrow vision of salvation. In contrast with the Misfit, he is able to at least grapple with the idea of God’s grace, and he can admit his

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