‘Young God’: A Gothic creep show – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Katherine Faw Morris

At the end of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” The Misfit, an escaped convict who’s just ordered an entire family shot dead, denies that murdering the doddering old lady who frantically tried to save his soul brought him joy: “Shut up, Bobby Lee. It’s no real pleasure in life.”

O’Connor’s Southern Gothic stories were full of grotesque violence, but Catholic ideals of redemption always lurked in background. Murder, as The Misfit claims, is “no real pleasure.”

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