Style in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"

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Flannery O'Connor's style in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" helps create the story of a dysfunctional family's summer vacation gone wrong. O'Connor's use of dark humor, foreshadowing, and imagery helps communicate the story's main theme: people in today's society treat others with little or no respect, unlike past times. The story takes place in Georgia, where a family of six is about to leave on a vacation to Florida. The grandmother wants to go to Tennessee and tries to convince her son Bailey and the rest of the family to go as well, but no one seems to listen to her or care about her opinion. On the way to Florida, grandmother remembers an old plantation she used to visit from her youth, and the family drives down an old dirt road to…show more content…
The grandmother proceeds to tell the Misfit that he is indeed "a good man" that comes from "nice people" (1038). The Misfit says, "My daddy said I was a different breed of dog from my brothers and sisters" (1038). Referring to the Misfit as a different "breed of dog" dehumanizes him and portrays him as a vicious, savage-like animal. The Misfit sends his accomplices off to kill the family, one by one. Grandmother begs for her life and urges the Misfit to pray. The Misfit snarls at this suggestion stating that "Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead, and He shouldn't have done it. He thrown everything off balance" (1041). As the grandmother begins to doubt her faith in God, the Misfit suddenly shoots her. Quite ironically the Misfit says, "She would have been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life" (1041). Works Cited
Charters, Ann, ed. The Story and Its Writer. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's 2007.
O'Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." Charters
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