A Good Man is Hard to Find Analysis

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Matt Chih Chi Kao English 101 Professor Margaret Shearer June 1, 2013 "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Research Paper "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a short story written by Flannery O'Connor, a significant American writer and essayist. Her writing style reflects the ethnic relation in the South and her own Christian faith. The author writes in third person limited point of view to portray the tragic journey of a family who lived in Georgia in 1953. Bailey wants to take his family to Florida, but his mother, "the grandmother" disagrees with him because there's a dangerous criminal named The Misfit who is also on the way to Florida. Bailey ignores the grandmother's concern and headed to Florida. On the road, The kids and the…show more content…
The author uses foreshadowing to give the story its air of suspense, and to hint the outcome of the story. At the beginning of the story, the grandmother refers to the news that "The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida" (O'Connor 402). Initially, the grandmother just wants to use this scary news to threaten Bailey, and tries to change his mind. The reference to a dangerous criminal raises a sign of hazardousness. The grandmother's dress on the day of departure also foreshadows the misfortune of the family. "[S]he had on navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet"(O'Connor 404). In the book Short Stories for Students, the author of the article 'Overview: "A Good Man is Hard to Find"' analysis that " as the family prepares to embark on their vacation, the grandmother plans her outfit with an eye toward tragedy"(Short Stories for Students 103). Wilson's analysis is fair because when people die, they usually are dressed in their best outfit, just like the grandmother is dressed in her best clothes, so its clear that the grandmother holds a pessimistic view on the family trip. On their way to Florida, the family "passed a large cotton field with five or six graves
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