A Good Man is Hard to Find
By: Flannery O'Conner
This story is told in third person. The tone is set to be one of irony. The grandmother, the protagonist, is developed as bossy, manipulative and grouchy. Grandmother is in conflict with herself about the mistake she made about the state which the plantation house is in. Also grandmother is in conflict with the misfit, trying to manipulate him so that he doesn't kill her also. The misfit compares with the grandmother because they are the only two characters in this story who are overbearing, bossy and on top of the situation.
Symbols in this story include: The graveyard with five or six graves. Grandmother remembered the description of the plantation house which had six columns, right after they passed through Tombsboro. The yellow shirt with the parrots which Bailey wore indicated he was a mama's boy who says what his mother wants to hear. The tower in which the family ate lunch, Red Sammy's, it looked like a tomb. Another symbol was the car the misfit was driving, it looked like a black hurse. Also the grave which the misfit dug with the tip of his shoe, while talking to the grandmother, then the misfit covered the hole as if, the misfit is going to kill her and then changing his mind. Finally, the ditch the car runs into symbolizes a grave, the car can not get out and will stay there, in that hole in the ground.
I believe the theme of this story is it's title, A Good Man is Hard to Find. Grandmother never found a good man, it was said that Christ was the only good man. The author uses the setting deep south Georgia, the plot which is mystery, the characters everyone in the family is below grandmother until they meet the misfit who is her equal, and the above symbols to support this theme because none of the men were good.
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