Influences in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find

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Samiul Islam
Andrew Bales
ENG 101
14th May 2010

O’Connor Assignment

Flannery O’Connor was born in Georgia and lived most of her life there. Flannery went to Georgia State and she has been writing since childhood. She has been writing stories and worked for newspapers. These stories landed her a place in university of Iowa to do her masters. At a young age of 21 she published her first story which got much recognition and she received awards for her work. This of Corse means that good work never goes unnoticed, and so she was offered a contract for her first novel, Wise Blood, that she began writing. O’Connor’s father passed away when she was fifteen with lupus, and so genetically she unfortunately inherited this disease. With the disease eating away she was still writing away, with another novel she released called, The violent Bear it Away. Both novels suffered and weren’t recognized as her good work. Flannery’s novels may have suffered but her short stories received numerous awards and her popularity began to grow even after her death. One of her most famous short stories published was, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” This short story shows how a grandmother’s view of herself as moral superiority leads to the death of not only herself but her family too. In the story, the grandmother being one of the main characters, shows signs of being very ignorant and highly confident in her own opinions and views, to a point its believable that its merely false confidence. She goes by a false moral code of assuming, that if she looked like a lady by wearing a pretty hat, it is simply the highest achievement one is able to achieve. This view is ironic since after an accident occurs her hat breaks apart. The grandmother also shows signs of hypocrisy, especially when she criticize the world for being immoral and dishonest, but she sneaks her cat into the car which leads to a car accident, lies to the children about a hidden panel in a house, and also...
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