Flannery O’Connor & Strange Morality in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is a typical Flannery O’Connor story, which means it presents us with a strange morality — one where integrity is found in immoral people and where hypocrisy and moral corruption seem magnetically attached to outwardly “good” people.

O’Connor’s particular interest in Christian morality certainly undergirds this unusual moral system, but we don’t have to read her work in specifically religious terms in order to take something of real interest away from these stories.