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Compare and Contrast: Flannery O’Conner’s “Revelations” and “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”


Comparison and contrasting of two short stories “Revelation” and “a good is hard to find,” are both short stories written by Flannery O’Connor. Though the stories were written by the same person, they are each unique in a number of aspects. This paper seeks to compare and contrast the two short stories in order to establish these differences.

Both books highlight the theme of religion, especially the transformation of the religious views of different people. In “revelation,” initially, Mrs. Turpin is full of herself. Though she claims to be saved, her actions conflict with the biblical teachings. She concentrates on appearing like a good Christian, rather than being a good Christian. This is seen in her discriminatory acts as she enters the hospital. She looks down upon others and chooses to speak to only those who are financially well off. Funny enough, in her conversation she mentions the name of Jesus and claims that Jesus was good. This is contrary to the biblical teachings since Jesus was not discriminative bur loved the sick, and children, unlike Mrs. Turpin. However, as the story continues, she gets a revelation, (through a dream), and seems to be genuinely ready to transform into a better Christian. The same case applies in “a good man is hard to find.” Initially, the grandmother is self-centered, though trying to act like a good Christian. This is seen through her selfish act of keeping the whole family to her place of choice (Tennessee). At the same time, she judges her grandchildren and wants them to do what is right. In addition, she proves her selfishness when she tries to save herself only when the family faced trouble. However, towards the end of the story, she genuinely realizes that she had not been living a proper life. The misfit also remarks that she would have been a blameless individual if she had somebody to shoot her all the days. This suggests that she had really undergone a genuine transformation. It is also important to note that, in both cases, the transformation was triggered by a violent scenario.

In both stories, there are differences between people of different age groups. For instance, in the revelation, there was an outright confrontation between Mrs. Turpin and a young lady in the hospital. In “a good man is hard to find,” there appear to be differences between the grandmother, and her grandchildren. They ignore her outrightly and express their differing opinions without fear. For example, they differ when the children show a negative attitude towards their home.

The major difference between the two stories is the setting. In “revelation,” the setting ranges from a hospital setting to a house setting. In “a good man is hard to find,” the setting ranges from a home setting to a road setting, to a hotel one and finally, to a roadside setting. Another difference is that while the main character in “revelation” is a young woman, the main character in “a good man is hard to find,” is a grandmother.

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