Examples Of Southern Grotesque In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In A Good Man is Hard to Find, a stubborn and self-centered grandmother leads the very common family trip to an unforeseen tragedy, which can ascribe to the power of Gothic literature. Southern Grotesque, a subgenera of Southern Gothic, “cuts through the veil of civility, though decorum and oppressive normative fabrications to expose a harsh, confusing reality of contradiction, violence, and aberrations”(Bjerre). With these aspects, the genre of Southern Grotesque shows the social issues and human natures in story through ordinary people’s life. In the story A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor discusses the discrepancy between good and evil, violence, and salvation with the two main grotesque characters—the grandmother and the Misfit—and through the perspective of…show more content…
During Post-WWII time period, people in south lose their faith and spiritual support from the view of religion; people become avaricious and pursue material comforts in order to replace the emptiness in their mind. The great change in people’s life leads them to loneliness and helplessness which forces the South to be alienated from the entire country. All the anguish from people is represented through the two grotesque characters in O’Connor’s story. The contradiction between good and evil in this story indicates the dark side of human; with the involvement of religion, people’s attitude toward the definition of moral code becomes uncertain and ambiguous. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, the grandmother has her own superficial opinion of being good that, “[she] had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violates in the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print…In case of an accident, anyone seeing her tea on the highway would know her was a lady”(O’Connor 3). Graceful, neat, and clean clothes—to the grandmother, a nice looking appearance is a part of
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