Even during O'Connor's lifetime, her works provoked strongreactions among readers and critics. The naysayers found them consistently grotesque in their depiction of debased, repulsive (and usually unsympathetic) characters and their spectacular displays of violence or cruelty. "A Good Man is Hard to Find"—which is O'Connor's most popular story—frequently stood at the center of discussion.
However you choose to define "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"—and we usually define it as "all of the above"—chances are pretty good that you're going to be marked (or should we say scarred?) for life after reading it.
A recurrent theme throughout her writings was the action of divine grace in the horribly imperfect, often revolting, and generally funny world of human beings. And this theme is out in force in "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
Will you love this story? Will you hate it? That's as hard to say as a good man is to find—it really depends on your worldview and the strength of your stomach.
And the deep dive into ethics doesn't stop there: "A Good Man is Hard to Find" also makes us think about the possibility of dramatic transformation in a person.