This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Literary Device Analysis: Flannery O’connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”

1412 words - 6 pages

Flannery O’Connor had her roots set in Milledgeville, Georgia, which happens to be one of many states that when combined, form what is known as the “Bible Belt” of America. In respect to this, O’Connor talks about her beliefs: “This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in relation to that” (O’Connor 482-483). As O’Connor was a devout Catholic, violence was not a direct preaching, but Joyce Carol Oates writes that “succumbing to the divine through violence . . . is immediate and irreparable” (O’Connor 483). By utilizing the element of setting, to surround the reader in Southern culture and heritage; as well as her blunt use of foreshadowing, to keep the action rising; and a heavy amount of irony, to create a slight comedic relief; O’Connor writes the suspenseful short-story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and shows how the theme of Redemption – in a religious sense – is woven throughout the story, and shown by the metamorphosis of the grandmother in her last few moments of life.
The setting that O’Connor portrays a v. O’Connor gives insight into the life of the family when she writes, “Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy” (O’Connor 497). The house with Bailey reading the sports, and the mother feeding the baby apricots, it’s almost utopian, but the grandmother is the wrench in the machine. Being a husband and father of three, and letting his manipulative and conceited mother live with him, is creating tension between the adults, and starts forcing the environment to resonate with a lack of social connectivity in the home. The grandmother, for her own reasons, says to Bailey, “‘Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida . . . ’” (O’Connor 497). The setting really amplifies how the seemingly normal family is taking a more, abrupt, turn into a dysfunctional family with a malevolent air to linger over the trip that they are embarking on. O’Connor presents the grandmother’s egotistical personality, presents herself as the loving, bigot grandmother, as exemplified when the she points out the black child running with no “britches”, which is odd, no matter what race or socio-economic class you are (O’Connor 499). Bailey and his wife are up in the front seats of the car, and since the grandmother is in the back with the two kids, where her sphere of socialization and influence are more prominent, the kids are learning her bad habits after all through imitation and desensitization. All the settings are revolving around the grandmother, the protagonist, and they are placing her on a road to hell, paved in her own narcissism and condescending behavior.
The foreshadowing provided by O’Connor is an unmistakably blunt literary device incorporated in the story to give a sense of what will happen next, without giving it completely away. This in turn has the rising action turn into rising suspense as well. The...

Find Another Essay On Literary Device Analysis: Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Southern Gothic Style in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find

1547 words - 6 pages American literature refers to written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and Colonial America. It has many forms and different kinds of authors within its genre. One American author, Flannery O'Connor, is known for her Southern Gothic style of writing. In her short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" O'Connor uses the Southern Gothic style, brought on by her background, to establish various ties between the characters and

Egotistical Nightmare in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find

1152 words - 5 pages John Steinbeck once wrote that, “for the most part people are not curious except about themselves.” This describes various characters in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” almost perfectly. These characters focus on themselves more than anyone else and form beliefs, on which they live by, based off of it. It is uncommon to find positive outcomes following an egotistical action or belief, and this short story proves just that. Thus

An Evil Man is Easy to Find Identifying Evil in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

2454 words - 10 pages Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, is a tale about a grandmother who unknowingly steers her family to a fatal meeting with a fugitive. The chance encounter with the murderous fugitive ultimately costs the grandmother and her family their lives. Sticking with the Southern Gothic genre, O’Connor takes odd characters and mixes in dark encounters to produce a story packed full of hidden meanings and foreshadowing (Language

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

1446 words - 6 pages or decent an individual is? Or is it just impossible to run into a good man? The reader must answer all these questions as he reads the book. However, Flannery O’Connor seems to associate good morals with religion. Works Cited Eder, Katharina. Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find-An Analysis. London, UK: GRIN Verlag, 2011. Print. 10 March. 2014 O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is hard to find”. New York, NY: Rutgers University Press

Flannery O’ Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

1248 words - 5 pages ." Comparative Literature Studies 3.2 (1966): 183-196. Rpt. 5 in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Sharon R. Gunton. Vol. 21. Detroit: 6 Gale Research, 1982. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. 52.4 (Summer 2000): p311. 6 From Literature Resource Center. "O ' Connors Short Stories.". N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. 7

Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find

1393 words - 6 pages realize that it is faith and acceptance, not conformity, which makes their institution strong. Flannery O’ Connor was a woman who saw the hate and intolerance of some religious practices and sought to change it. Her short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a call-to-action for society because it conveys the importance of acceptance through its characters and resolution. In addition to demonstrating the value of tolerance, the Grandmother is

"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" by Flannery O'Connor

635 words - 3 pages Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is filled with foreshadowing which the first time reader will not grasp, but leaps out of the pages for repeated readers. When first read, the reader does not value the importance of the grandmother charter and her warning. She is thought to just be a rambling, nagging old lady. Even the grandmother does not realize the importance of what she is saying. The grandmother warns of the misfit in the

A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O'Connor

1950 words - 8 pages It is not difficult to feel some degree of sympathy for the grandmother at the start of Flannery O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find,’ but the reader quickly realizes this is not exactly the author’s intention. Throughout the story, the writer successfully manages through the tone, dialogue, and the character description that grandmother is the suitable one to get the title of Misfit. The third person narrative is closely focused on the

Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find

1542 words - 7 pages When one first begins to read A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor, one is assailed by the humorous petty grievances of a mother living under her son’s roof disrespected by her grandchildren and lonely in a house filled with people, clutching at memories of days long passed similar to the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie. As the story unfolds one begins to see the indifference of Bailey toward his family in general and

"A Good Man is Hard to Find", Flannery O'Conner

1087 words - 4 pages In "A Good Man is Hard to Find", Flannery O'Conner immediately establishes her concern with goodness, or the lack thereof, in mankind by combining the aspects of symbolism, fate and religious redemption that ultimately ends with a bleak assessment about human nature with no genuine redeeming characters present in the story.O'Conner tells the tale of a family from the Southern United States in the 1950s whose vacation to Florida is abruptly ended

Flannery O'Connor In "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

1280 words - 5 pages Flannery O'Connor was born in Georgia in 1925 during the Great Depression. She was an only child, brought up in a highly religious home, and grew up in the South. These aspects of her life become apparent when reading her short stories. O'Connor's most famed story; "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" follows an obscure family on their vacation to Florida. She uses life, as she knows it, to convey a world that she believes exists. "What she learned as a

Similar Essays

A Look At Flannery O’connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find

1329 words - 5 pages A Look at Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find In the short story A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor uses many different tactics to accurately portray the south in the 1950’s. O’Connor uses her style, themes, and point of view to tell a story of a family outing gone wrong. The story involves a grandmother, her only son and his wife, and their two bratty children, June Star and John Wesley. On their way to Florida, the

Flannery O’connor’s Short Story A Good Man Is Hard To Find

1013 words - 4 pages Flannery O’Connor’s Short Story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor’s personal views on the justification of religion and the resulting world or corruption and depravity are apparent in her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. She analyzes the basic plight of human existence and its conflict with religious conviction. The first two-thirds of the narrative set the stage for the grandmother, representing traditional Christian

Irony And Foreshadowing In Flannery O’connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find

2075 words - 8 pages As I read Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, I find myself being completely consumed by the rich tale that the author weaves; a tragic and ironic tale that concisely and precisely utilizes irony and foreshadowing with expert skill. As the story progresses, it is readily apparent that the story will end in a tragic and predictable state due to the devices which O’Connor expertly employs and thusly, I find that I

Inhumanity In Flannery O’connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

1129 words - 5 pages In Flannery O’Connor’s, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and Shirley Jackson's, “The Lottery,” both short stories deal with man’s inhumanity in different situations, and ending with a similar consequence. Jackson and O'Connor both use two characters to depict man having the power to manipulate truth and objection into something people accept. In O’Connor’s’ A Good Man is Hard to Find, the Misfit is a character in need of desired assistance