A Good Man Is Hard To Find Foreshadowing

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The bizarre twists of fate of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’ Conner leaves the reader perplexed and reveled to a preconceived ending of good prevailing against evil this gives the story its unique and arousing end which most stories do. O’ Conner uses literary proficiency such as foreshadowing, symbolism, eccentric characters, In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” The Grandmother character is brought to light as self-centered and manipulative. She tries to do everything in her favor and sway situations to fit her own interest regardless of other characters. She tries to manipulate Bailey not to go to Florida but Tennessee, seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind, “seize” isn’t just a casual attempt. She also brings a newspaper…show more content…
The story illustrates foreshadowing when the grandmother reads the newspaper misfit a deranged killer who is headed to Florida, “I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that a loose in it. I couldn't answer to my conscience if I did." The grandmother says. Afterwards the grandmother asks John Wesley what he would do if he ever ran into Misfit, he ripostes “I will smack him in the face” this foreshadows there encounter with misfit. As the family is riding, they see a large cotton field with five graves fenced in the middle of it “like a small island” this exemplifies the sense of their foretold death each grave symbolizing the death of the five people in the car minus the cat. Further in the story the grandmother is begging for her life, to give every amount of money she has"Jesus!" the old lady cried. "You've got good blood! I know you wouldn't shoot a lady! But misfit says "there never was a body that give the undertaker a tip." This statement foretells the grandmother death. Another example of foreshadowing is the trip down the dirt road. It foretells of a trip to hell. The dirt road was hilly and there were sudden washes in it and sharp curves on dangerous embankments. 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 (952).
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