A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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Interpreting A Good Man Is Hard To Find After reading Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” one is able to interpret a hidden theme that hides in plain sight. The author of the short story Flannery O’Connor writes about how a family is on their way to Florida and how are basically met with deadly misfortune. The one main message as the title itself claims, meaning that it is hard to find a genuine good human, regardless of outward appearances and behavior. The title itself and its message is revealed only once about a third of the way through the story by a supporting character named Red Sammy. He describes how back then “you could go off and leave your screen door unlatched” (O’Connor) implying that people had better intentions and that there was not a reason to fear a person with malicious intentions. This is further supported when reaching the near end of the story when The Misfit, and his accomplices literally murder the entire family, which really does convey the literal message “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and enforcing that malevolent intent. The next evidence conveyed by the message mainly revolving around the grandmother and her family. Seen in throughout the story the grandmother’s own self-wants of going to Tennessee is seen throughout the majority of the story. It starts off with the story telling the reader that the grandmother is trying to scrounge up every opportunity to get the family to take their vacation over to Tennessee rather than Florida.
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