Literary Analysis “Setting” – a Good Man Is Hard to Find

2158 Words Jun 14th, 2012 9 Pages
Chad Funk
Professor Sharon Thiese
The Short Story
May 28th, 2012
Literary Analysis “Setting” – A Good Man is Hard to Find In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor starts out by giving a look at a dysfunctional family on a vacation, but ultimately, gives insight into ourselves as well as the nature of good and evil, how they can clash, and how they can co-exist, even in the same person. The setting, which plays a critical role in this short story because the grandmother shows her selfish wants and views on people and society and believes that things were much better in her early years. As the story unfolds the setting provides insights to the where the dysfunctional family will eventually meet their doom, which is
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The actual time of the year would be in summer because of that statement. Also the grandmother points out the colorful scenery of Stone Mountain, various crops, and how the tress sparkled from the sunlight, which is further proof of the time of year as everything is in full bloom. As the story continues the timing of the afternoon becomes unclear and we do not know how late it is when the family’s car is in the accident and lands in the ditch. However this is the most important part of the setting because this is where the most action is as well as where the story ends. In the story the grandmother recalled the times when there were no paved roads and thirty miles was a day's journey. The dirt road was hilly and there were sudden washes in it and sharp curves on dangerous embankments. All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, then the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them (1047). This can be seen as the grandmother recalling the days when “road of life” was not paved, and was a much longer journey. These are the days when she feels things were better and not so narrow and paved like the roads they were originally traveling on before entering onto the dirt road. Does O’Conner mimic the journey of life here? It has many "sharp curves on dangerous embankments," and it leads the family up onto hilltops, where they
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