Rhetorical Analysis Of O ' Connor 's ' A Good Man Is Hard And Find '

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Adria Corral English 1302 MWF 8:00 A.M. Religion and Morality In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor uses grotesque and flawed characters to reflect her own faith on the Roman Catholic Church. Set in the rural South during the 1950s, O’Connor takes readers on a journey from a satiric family comedy to a brutal cold blooded murder. An analysis of O’Connor’s use of religious symbolism and foreshadowing through characters and setting will be conducted in order to better understand her views and faith of the Catholic Church. This paper will also argue the belief that religious wisdom is the key for moral guidance. In the beginning of the story, O’Connor uses subtle foreshadowing to indicate that enlightenment is near; the scenery in the story plays a crucial part in the family’s future. While driving through the country, the trees are described as “full of silver-white sunlight and the meanest of them sparkled.” (O’Connor 310). Where exactly is the family really driving to? O’Connor uses the trees as a possible symbol of the family’s road to heaven, as “silver-white sunlight” is something most people usually associate with grace or salvation. The grandmother experiences some sort of revelation right before her death insinuating she was saved, which is why the trees weren’t described as something more maleficent. The grandmother was in fact on her way to a sadistic death, but she was going to be cleansed by the Misfit, or God, allowing her to enter heaven. Another

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