Summary Of A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O Connor

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During the period of modernism, artists focused on how the world is a moral waste land. A portrayal of one’s moral waste land is reflected in Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. The protagonist is only concerned with herself, which caused her to put her family in dangers way. Even in the face of her family being murdered she was only concerned with herself. Because of her selfishness, her family was destroyed. To capture the reader’s attention and interest, Flannery O’Connor masterfully controls her literary resources. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, O’Connor uses imagery to show how selfishness destroys. Grandmother’s appearance and conversation show her self-interest that initiates the family’s demise. The concern the grandmother …show more content…

The grandma took the family down a sinful path because she was being selfish and wanted to see an old plantation house. "They turned onto the dirt road and the car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust... The 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, then the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them"(411). The family turns off the highway (the right path) on to a dirt road. The road is a sinful path, described as "hilly" and having sudden washes and curves. The sinful path is very tempting, but is more dangerous and harder to travel on. Because the family took the sinful path they crashed into a ditch, and "behind the ditch they were sitting in there were more woods, tall and dark and deep" (412). This ditch compares to the spiritual ditch the grandma got the family stuck in by being selfish. They cannot move forward in their faith, nor can they move back. The grandmother’s greed put the family in

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