In his poem “Behind Grandma’s House,” Gary Soto details the life and daily routine of a somewhat masochistic ten year old boy as he kicks over trash cans, terrorizes cats, and drowns ant colonies with his own urine. In many ways the boy acts as any other boy his age would be expected to, but he tends to go further than most young boys with his actions and descriptions of how he feels. This extra violence and destructive tendency the narrator exhibits can lead the reader to believe that, rather than being a typical child, he strongly craves attention due to his circumstances, and he is willing to act out and act obscenely in order to receive that attention.
When we look at the grandmother in the story, we see many traits of which cause problems and precarious situations. The grandmother when looked at closely is the main reason that all the problems in the story happened. In the beginning of the story she displays a stubborn attitude and shows a spirit of independency; maybe too much. She carefully sneaks her cat into the car, and later down the road the cat sneaks out, jumps on the drivers face, and causes them to have a wreck. As seen in the article “A Good Man is Hard To Find” it states “The grandmother never turns her critical eye on herself to inspect her own hypocrisy, dishonesty, and selfishness. For example, the conscience the grandmother invokes at the beginning of the story is conveniently silent when she sneaks Pitty Sing (the
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor begins with the introduction of the grandmother. It can quickly be noted that this woman holds herself in high regard. Grandmother views herself as a prim and proper lady. However, she does not possess the qualities of a lady. She is dishonest, selfish, and hypocritical. And because of her actions, she puts her family and herself in a terrible situation, which leads to the demise of them all.
Flannery O’Connor is known for her grotesque tales, and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is no exception. The story follows a family’s journey to Florida and their encounter with a wanted criminal, the Misfit. Unfortunately, the family is quickly killed off by the Misfit’s henchmen, leaving the Grandmother alone trying to persuade the Misfit to not kill her. O’Connor presents the ending in an ambiguous way, asking readers if the Misfit will remain to be the same criminal he was after confronting the Grandmother. O’Connor implements details to convey that the Misfit was positively affected by the Grandmother.
There are many different types of stories out there, some which consist of love and others loss. Many people seem to think it is important to have sappy love in every good story. They think this because they have a lack of patience in plot building and need a certain amount drama to keep them entertained. However, it is possible to have a great story without any of that fluff. O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” takes a different approach in a good story by introducing a slew of crazy irony. All the irony gives the piece a vast dynamic in characters and themes.
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is a short story where the author uses irony, symbols, images, omniscient narrator as well as other rhetorical strategies to expose beliefs and personalities trough the characters in the story.
The short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, by Flannery O’Connor and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, by Joyce Carol Oates revolved around the themes of good and evil. Both the themes of good and evil are parallel to how people portray the concept of both dark and light. The short stories are similar in their religious references conveyed by their antagonists, but the development and the characters give readers varying perspectives.
Specifically in “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, O’Connor places the grandmother, who continues to live in the past connecting everything to her time, face to face with a dangerous escaped inmate. Before the accident the grandmother says, “In my time, children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else.” (O’Connor 5). The grandmother is trying to drag the attention to herself on the long car ride and she wants everyone to live her false world with
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1965) is one of the most influential Southern Gothic writers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Verde). She draws readers time after time through her grotesque and haunting short stories. Two of her most acclaimed stories, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and "The Lame Shall Enter First" focus on the same theme; good versus evil. As well as using theme to convey her message, she utilizes irony to shock and mystify the readers. The internal struggle between a person's will power and humanity is highlighted often through her many complicated characters.
In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, she address the themes of morality, innocence, and religion. The characters in this piece of literature are portrayed as good, bad, or an undecided mixture of both. O’Connor explores the way that people are perceived and how that compares to how they perceive themselves. In the short story, this idea of perception is enforced by the weak religious ideas of the Grandmother and society’s judgements of The Misfit. Through the contrast of their different roles during their interaction, she is able to delve into the concepts of human introspection and devoutness.
Granny marries her children’s father, John who died at a young age, leaving Granny to tend to the farm and children by herself. “Thoughts of rationalizing that she is not too old to be self-sufficient”, (Blake) flood Granny’s thoughts on a daily basis. Granny explains that “In her day she had kept a better house and got more work done” (Porter 190). Porter describes Granny as shamefully short-tempered, especially with her daughter Cornelia, who clearly adores her mother and waits on her hand and foot. Porter states that “The thing that most annoyed Granny was that Cornelia thought she was deaf, dumb, and blind” (Porter 190). It makes Granny want to pack up and move away “where nobody could remind her every minute that she was old” (Porter
This conversation in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” between The Misfit, an infamous criminal in Georgia, and his accomplice Bobby Lee reveals the senseless views of not only The Misfit, but also the grandmother he just murdered. Both characters appear to be different, yet they feel
Imagine oneself being left in the top floor of a barn alone. The hay scratches one’s leg, but the annoyance of the itching does not compare to the feeling of desertion and worthlessness in one’s heart. For the first time, one allows oneself to open up to another human being.
In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, the grandmother and Misfit live by two very different moral codes. Moral codes are the behaviors and beliefs that determine the way an individual chooses to live his or her life. No one set of morals has been determined right or wrong. This means that morals are subjective and will vary from person to person. This is shown in the story as the grandmother sees herself as a beautiful, God-following woman while the Misfit makes a point to live up to his name. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor illustrates that subjective morals will ultimately result in chaos.
Manipulation is the act of manipulating someone in a clever or unscrupulous way. Mia, Iago and Amy are three individuals who manipulate many people in their lives and will do anything they can in order to reach their end goal. Throughout all three works, each character individually has reasons for manipulating which are are very clearly and straight forward. Each character shows a great amount of evidence of manipulation, they show their true colours and what they want to be portrayed as. Despite the reason and evidence, everything has an outcome and so does each character’s manipulation.