Basically the bottom line of the story, An Excellent Man Is Difficult to Discover, is that the modern-day society has considerably degenerate over the past years and that the only method for it to alter is for individuals to repent and restore their faith in God. In addition, the author, Mary Flannery O’Connor, claims in her story that one of the most of the youth today no longer has moral values unlike the previous generations. In other words, the story is also a contrast in between previous and present societies and generations.
To highlight her points and show her contrasts, the author utilized the characters as signs of the past and present societies. The grandma represents the previous generation in which individuals were more disciplined and showed more respect as compared to the present generation.
This distinction in between the two generations was revealed at the start of the story wherein the grandmother stopped working to encourage her child’s household to go to Tennessee instead of Florida. The simple reality that her kid’s family picked an alternate path on their way to Florida, which led to their murder at the hands of a boy and his gang, shows that the generation today tends to wander off from the course that they must be taking.
Basically, the point of the author is had the family remained on the primary roadway or had they went to Tennessee rather of Florida, they would not have actually been eliminated. On the other hand, the killer, a fairly young man called “the Misfit” in the story, according to the author, symbolized today status of the youth today– misdirected and violent. Before the Misfit killed the grandmother, she attempted to convince him that he was a good guy. In the end, nevertheless, the Misfit refused to listen to her and shot her 3 times in the chest.
The author was really reliable in conveying his message that the worths of the generation today, especially, the youth, have actually considerably weakened. In addition, she likewise convincingly showed how the present society does not have faith as illustrated in the Misfit’s rejection to believe in Jesus in his conversation with the granny.