Symbolism, Irony, And Symbolism

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"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life (O’Connor 153)." This quote is one of the many in this story that shows how Flannery O’Connor uses dialogue to make the reader feel hatred, love or sympathy for the characters. O’Connor is a talented, renowned writer and is the author of many short stories such as this one. This story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, is the one I am analyzing. As seen in many O’Connor stories, it contains numerous themes and literary elements. In this story alone, there are five themes and even more elements. The themes that are in this story include: good versus evil, religion, manipulation, family, society, and class. A few of the elements used are foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism, for which I plan to discuss and enlighten in this paper. Foreshadowing is used many times in this story. O’Connor mainly uses foreshadowing in the grandmother’s storyline as I will describe. In the beginning of the story, the grandmother thought to herself about the possibility of how the family would look if they wrecked their car and how she wanted to be found dressed up and looking like a lady. Therefore, the grandmother took it upon herself and dressed in nice clothes in anticipation of the foreshadowed accident. This is just one of the ways foreshadowing is used; another way is when the grandmother tries talking the family out of going to Florida because The Misfit is down there. Her direct

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