Figurative Language In Flannery O Connor's A Good Man

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The Essence Of Tools Of Fiction A story relies on the backdrop of themes, symbols and figurative language. They are the pieces that construct the puzzle of narrative together. Fiction commonly incorporates a writer manipulating truth in one way or another, and this idea is seen in Flannery O Connor’s, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Kate Chopin’s, The Story of an Hour. The way a theme enhances narrative, the way symbols effect readers and the way language explores characters will be discussed in this paper. Flannery O Connor heavily depends upon themes and symbols to define her narrative. A Good Man Is Hard to Find encapsulates ideas of southern gothic fiction, where unexplainable events happen to peculiar people. These notions work well in creating an atmosphere of whimsicality, where the idea of goodness can really be explored. The title itself has the words, “good man,” which highlights the most essential theme of the story. Connor investigates the different ways of defining “good”. The question of what a good man really is, is explored. The connotations of the word are first used by the grandmother, what she …show more content…

She comes from Tennessee, and believes herself to be a lady and the men in her lives to be gentlemen, even though A Good Man is Hard to Find is written at a time when the notions of proper manners are fading. The story is really emphasizing upon the difference between good and evil, through the contrast of the grandmother and the misfit. The grandmother tells the misfit he is a good man, and here, Connor is playing around with the narrative, because the readers know he is not good. The Misfit does not seem to have a guilty conscience whatsoever, implying that he has accepted the evil that has come into his life. When the grandmother and the Misfit come to face to face, it is a face off between the good versus the evil, and Connor is exploring whether people can embody both ideals or

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