Explication of Theme in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find

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In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” a family of six set out on a vacation to Florida while an extremely dangerous criminal is on the loose. The family takes the grandmother, who is outraged that the family is traveling while The Misfit is scanning the countryside. Throughout the short story, O’Connor drops many hints to the reader, ultimately leading to the terrifying climax. Foreshadowing is more commonly noticed the second time a story is read as opposed to the first. Readers will pick up on the hints that foreshadow the events to come. Foreshadowing is used when grandmother mentions The Misfit in the opening paragraph, when grandmother dresses formally in case of an accident, and when the graves are noticed in the…show more content…
“Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” (394). Grandmother’s actions suggest that an accident will happen later in the story. “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway” suggests that the results of this accident could be fatal for grandmother or even worse, the entire family.      The last point in which foreshadowing occurs is when the family takes the overgrown country road past the cottonfield to get to the plantation. “They passed a large cottonfield with five or six graves fenced in the middle of it, like a small island.”Look at the graveyard!” grandmother said, pointing it out. “That was the old family burying ground. That belonged to the plantation.’” (395). O’Connor suggests that five or six bodies are to be buried very soon. Reading the story a second time could help the reader notice that the number of empty graves matches the numbers of family members in the vehicle. “‘Look at the graveyard!” grandmother said, pointing it out” suggests that the author wants the reader to pay close attention to

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