A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor: Literary Analysis

434 Words2 Pages
Flannery O’Conner is a Southern Gothic short story author, her stories display characters that need to have their morality checked. Two stories that show this are “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge”. The first story is “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” it is a short story in which the characters crucial mistakes result in difficult circumstances for others. The story takes place in Georgia and starts off with the grandmother disagreeing about the decision by her son about going to Florida for a family vacation. The grandmother uses a criminal named the misfit as her defense for not going there. This proves to be a foreshadowing event, the family ends up going to Florida and is involved in a car accident. They run into the misfit and the grandmother tries to manipulate the criminal on sparing her family, in the end they are taken and killed one by one.…show more content…
The story starts with Julian who looks at himself as enlightened, he looks down on his mother because of the way she acts towards African Americans. Julian’s mother asks him to accompany her to the “Y” because she doesn’t like to ride the bus by herself. The story comes to an end after his mother offers an African American child a penny, the child’s mother takes the gesture as a form of pity from Julian’s mother and swings her bag and knocks her over. His mother ends up dying from the crucial blow. The common theme that the two stories share is nostalgia. The common literary elements that help to show the theme are third person limited, irony, and

More about A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor: Literary Analysis

Open Document