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Humanity is corrupted?

O'Connor, ''A Good Man is Hard to Find'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"A good man is hard to find," Red Sammy said. "Everything is getting terrible. I remember the day you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched. Not no more."

I know that my peer Jennifer used this quote already, but I feel that it was by far the most important line in the story. It seems that The Misfit has just strayed down the wrong path in life and is at the point of no return. He reached the lowest point whenever he murdered the entire family. This greatly impacted the perception that people had on him. He is one of the main reasons why people view men as hard to find.
Then again, a woman isn't so easy to find either. O'Connor blatantly states at the end that a woman could be good, only if there had been "somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life". So, I think that O'Connor is trying to say that humanity has strayed from the right path of life. We are all corrupted, and may never get back on the right track again.


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You might want to look at where Red Sammy appears in the story and his relationship to The Misfit...

What caused this corruption? Has it always been around or is it something connected with our very humanity?

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