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The Forgiveness Factor in the Lives of Two Literary Grandmothers (A Good Man Is Hard to Find and the Jilting of Granny Weatherall) (Critical Essay)

Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table 2010, Summer

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Introduction Both grandmothers have much in common before they abruptly find themselves staring at certain death. For each, her strong-willed nature sets in motion a chain of events through which she daily attacks life in an effort to control her situation and the people close to her. These matriarchs will not be appeased by the efforts of their adult children to reduce the burdens the grandmothers have borne for a lifetime of providing for their families amidst various periods of adversity. As each grandmother faces death, one does so with a spirit of spitefulness and indignation against God because she feels He has deserted her when she needs Him most; the other uses a religious facade to try to persuade her killer to change his mind about killing her. As a result of the epiphany this grandmother experiences during her desperate efforts to save her own life, she reaches out to her killer in genuine Christian love, knowing he will surely kill her yet forgiving him anyway, just as Christ forgave those who crucified Him on Golgotha. (4) One grandmother fades away into a dying gloom, while the other falls into a ditch and dies, looking up into a cloudless blue sky. The childlike, smiling expression on her lifeless countenance suggests she has finally approached her Master with the faith of a little child. Clearly, their dying words mark a distinct difference in their attitudes as they prepare to leave this earthly realm. Granny Weatherall casts aside her faith as she rails against God when she demands a sign from Him and feels He has deserted her: "I'll never forgive it.'" (5) O'Connor's grandmother, on the other hand, experiences a genuine Christian transformation when she realizes her killer also has a soul: "'Why you're one of my babies. You're one of my own children.'" (6) This grandmother lets Christ speak through her with her allusion to His words that encourage His followers to come to Him with the faith of a little child. (7)

The Forgiveness Factor in the Lives of Two Literary Grandmothers (A Good Man Is Hard to Find and the Jilting of Granny Weatherall) (Critical Essay)
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  • Category: Law
  • Published: 22 June 2010
  • Publisher: Forum on Public Policy
  • Print Length: 17 Pages
  • Language: English
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