Analysis Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In the story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor, a normal yet, maddened narrator. The grandmother wishes to join her family on vacation to Florida, for her own pleasure. The reader can take away from the narrator, which is told in the 3rd person, detailed descriptions of their road trip ultimately ending in a shocking, gruesome way, by the family getting killed by a “misfit.” The setting of the story presents an unseen ending as O’Connor causes the reader to be taken back by the foreshadowing of the ending and the grace that is shown.
The time in which, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” introduces an idea that the average, American family, from Georgia, is off to a good start when embarking on their journey. The reader is informed of a possible threat that could happen after Grandma brings up information about a prison escape. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is loose from the Federal Pen and headed towards Florida” (242). O’Connor, hints that there could be a negative outcome, despite the beginning of the story starting out positive. The reader can then conclude that Grandma is a bit off, brushing aside the possibility of such an encounter especially in that time period. While driving, we get to know a bit more of the characters and their personalities as well as slapstick comedic comments when observing the South during the 1950s. The time setting brings a stereotypical view of the 50s, which was a time of peace and prosperity for the most

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