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"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" Analysis

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The short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is a story written with the intention of converting the young people, of the time, into Christians. O’Connor is a strong believer, wanting to convince her readers to also start leading a Christian life. This is the theme of many of her stories. The grandmother being the physical body that feels the grace of god and the Misfit as the one who tests her faith, expresses this message to her readers effectively. The usage of foreshadowing, allusions, imagery and flashbacks by O’Connor builds up the reader’s anticipation for the final stage of the story and leads to the family’s fatal outcome.
O’Connor relies strongly on the use of foreshadowing to create a suspenseful story to convey her message to the readers. The author mentions the Misfit twice in the story before he actually makes an appearance, leading to an assumption by the reader that he plays an important role in the narrative. The first time that the Misfit is mentioned, the grandmother is trying to convince the family not to go to Florida. The grandmother tries to play on the fears of the children by saying “… what would you do if this fellow the Misfit caught you?” (O’Connor 1). This tactic does not work on the children and they decide to still carry on the trip to Florida. The author’s use of diction in the story also contributes to the foreshadowing of later events in the story. The connotation of the words she uses gives the reader clues as to what will happen to the family at the end of the story. O’Connor’s use of the words “Toomsboro” and “hearse like” are textual proof of this. The author uses these words to allude to death, “Toomsboro” sounding similar to the word tomb and “hearse-like” (O’Connor 5-7) being a vehicle used for funerals. The foreshadowing used by the author builds the audience’s anticipation.
The author uses foreshadowing to indicate that the family will face a dangerous encounter on their trip to Florida. The author subtly hints at the destruction of all the members of the household. For example, when the family passes “five or six graves…” on their trip. The amount of graves matches up with the number of members in the family, although it is not mentioned whether the baby dies or not. This may be why it says “five or six graves…” (O’Connor 2) instead of a definite number of graves. The author also uses foreshadowing to predict the grandmother's death. The grandmother, in the story, felt it was important to make sure that everyone knew she...

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