A Good Man Is Hard To Find Symbolism Essay

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In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” symbolism plays a major role in enhancing the narrative experience. The author uses a lot of symbols and references to make the reader feel like they’re actually there or can picture in their mind what the scene could’ve looked like. Symbolism helps add a deeper meaning to the story and O’Connor implies symbolism to emphasize a specific feeling of a character. Being from the country myself and reading this story I really could picture what certain scenes may’ve looked like. For example, in the quote they passed a large cotton field with five or six graves fenced in the middle of it, like a small island. Now this could be a reference that the family may die in the story, however cotton fields…show more content…
O’Connor states that the South is Christ-haunted and that could be what she was trying to interpret with the Misfit character. Another quote from the story that displays symbolism is “It was a big black battered hearse-like automobile. It came to a stop just over them and for some minutes, the driver looked down with a steady expressionless gaze to where they were sitting, and didn’t speak”. Now in this quote this could symbolize trouble and or death. The hearse-like automobile is the vehicles you see at funerals carrying the deceased body. Also the visual of someone looking down on you with no sense of expression could mean trouble, especially when you don’t know the actions of the other person or what they may be thinking. Now in this last quote where symbolism was used could also explain why the author called this story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. I felt like this quote was significant because it explains the Misfit’s character in a way. “She would have been a good woman, The Misfit said, “If it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life. “Some fun!” Bobby Lee said. “Shut up, Bobby Lee” The Misfit said It’s no real pleasure in

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