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

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Sin is to Death as in Death is to Sin “The soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20) This quote is from the bible, the quote helps us understand the story more. In “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’ Connor, we are surprised by the violence at the end of the story. At first we think why there were so many deaths that occurred in the story, but when we read the story again we see that O’ Connor’s use of symbols demonstrate theme within the story. In “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, Flannery O’ Connor shows the dirt road and the hearse-like automobile to illustrate how death is foreshadowed and led upon when the grandmother committed sin. My first example of death being foreshadowed is the dirt road. O’ Connor’s description of the dirt …show more content…

O’Connor foreshadows the death of the family saying “In a few minutes they saw a car some distance away on top of a hill, coming slowly as if the occupants were watching them. The car continued to come on slowly, disappeared around a bend and appeared again; moving even slower.” (O’Connor 380) and “It was a big black battered hearse like automobile. There were three men in it.” (O’Connor380) Flannery O’Connor uses many examples of figurative language like similes, metaphors, and personification to set the plot and structure of “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.” To describe the automobile, O’Connor writes alliteration describing the transportation device as big, black, and battered. The author also describes the car using the words “hearse-like.” A hearse is a vehicle that carries a coffin to a funeral. This demonstrates imminent death and the fate of the family! The hearse like car belongs to the Misfit, a killer that had escaped from prison. The car clearly shows a symbol of death. This automobile shows great importance of the family’s death when the grandmother lied where they were going to everyone else in the car. The hearse-like automobile carries the death to their resting place. Since the grandmother committed that sin, she is the cause for everyone in that car to be

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