The anecdotes A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Comforts of Home will

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The anecdotes A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Comforts of Home will be examined with respect to color

Flannery O’Conner – Color Connotations

The anecdotes A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Comforts of Home will be examined with respect to color connotation and imagery. This essay will discuss how colors affect the reader’s abstract senses and emotions. Colors are also used to suggest the nature of the piece and characters within. Various cultures perceive colors differently which could change a reader’s perspective.

A Good Man is Hard to Find is told from the grandmother’s point of view. The first significant color is describing her son’s wife. “… a young woman is slacks, whose face was as broad and innocent as a
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When the Misfit took Bailey and John Wesley into the woods, she continues conversing with the Misfit showing her coldness.
Her conservatism is validated by her attitude towards the children, the Negro child and her conviction in the “good ol’ days”.

Color is used not only to portray characters and their perception but is also used to depict scenery which establishes the ambiance. “They turned onto the dirty road… along in a swirl of pink dust.” This imagery is very mystic and reminiscent of the stars and beyond; the unknown. “All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, [and] then the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them.” Throughout this paragraph, the reader is cycling between heaven and hell. While at the top of the hill, blue depicts heaven, tranquility, and calmness. As they descend, the use of red represents depression, fire, hell, and violence. This is the moment when the antagonists are en medias res. The characters are moving from naïveté to danger.

The Comforts of Home’s protagonist is Thomas who lives with his mother at thirty five. Colors are rarely mentioned until immediately before the murder of Star Drake, formally Sarah Ham. The color pink is mentioned twice. The first reference in on page 384: “Her face greasy
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