- Cry for the Devil: In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," The Misfit claims he was locked up after wrongly being accused of killing his father, and that this made him decide that no matter if you were good or bad, you'd be punished eventually.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: O'Connor famously insisted that she was a writer of comedies. Yes, her protagonists have a habit of losing everything they ever thought they needed or valuedtheir possessions, their dignity, their self-image, even their lives. They may end up ridiculous, humiliated, wounded or dying ... but stripped of all false dignity, self-deception, and internal barricades, open at last to the onslaught of God's grace.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory
- Executive Meddling: One of the only adaptations of her work O'Connor got to view first-hand in her lifetime was a dramatized version of the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" on CBS's Schlitz Playhouse. Between the horrible miscasting of Gene Kelly(!) as the lead, and the revision of the ending to make it more palatable, it was a sure bet O'Connor would be mortified. "The best thing I can say is that it conceivably could have been worse," she wrote to a friend. "Just conceivably."
YMMV / Flannery O’Connor