A Good Man Is Hard To Find Analysis

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In the Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” we find out that the title indicates of what the story is about. The title actually came from the lyrics of a song written by Eddie Green in 1918. The title of “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner is quite ironic really. The reader expects to eventually find a good man in the story, but is quite surprised at the ending of the story. The title "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is expressed clearly in this story by introducing a variety of male personalities that all have one thing in common; they are not truly good men. For example, Bailey, the father of the family, shows that he does not care too much about anything and he treats his mother with much disrespect,…show more content…
The title leads you to believe the story will go in another direction, which makes the ending a surprise. The title is ironic because it has the reader thinking that the story will include an ending of finding a good man, rather than finding one of the worst. The reader is searching the story for a good man, when there in fact is not one in this story. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner was designed to make the reader think the ending will include the finding of a good man, when the ending actually includes the exact opposite; not a good man nor a good woman. Reading the title of the story, the reader can foresee what the story will be about, just that, how finding a good person is indeed difficult to come upon. Many search the story for a good man, but what about a good woman? For example, in the beginning of the story, the grandmother was more concerned about looking like a good Christian than actually being a good Christian. This is shown by her selfish longing to go to Tennessee instead of Florida and, more importantly, by her attempts to save her own life, even as her family continued to die around her. In the end, it is proven throughout the entire short story that not only is a "Good Man Hard to find" but also, a good woman. In conclusion, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner was designed to make the reader think the ending will include the finding of a good man, when
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