A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’conner

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Amy Clayborn
English 111/Online Summer 2011
Heather Buford
June 21, 2011

The short story A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner has brought about some interesting views and discussions within my target audience. Many of us found it difficult to read, because of the tragic ending and the way that it was written was a little out of our norm. Even though the southern slang and accents that the writer used in the story added character, it may have taken a second glance to determine what the writer was trying to convey. I know that everyone has taken different meanings from this story, and I am trying to point out that there is no right or wrong meaning. We have all agreed, in one way or another that the story points out morals and religion. In my original paper, I used the thesis there is no gray area in right or wrong and in this analysis I will continue to back that up with what the writing was trying to depict to us. I also will touch on morals and religion to further support my findings and add that morals and ethics do not change people do. Every one of us can find a different part of the story that we can relate to and tie it to our own lives. Whether it is 1950 or 2011 people and time change, but morals should not. We can all have our own opinions about this story but my purpose is to figure out what author Mary Flannery O’Conner had in mind when she wrote this short story. I want to first take a look at the author and I hope this helps us to see where she is coming from. Her name is Mary Flannery O’Conner. She was born on March 25, 1925 and died at the age of 39. She was a southern writer and her style was considered Southern Gothic. She liked to express her Roman catholic views and her writing took angles of morality and ethics. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1945 with a degree in Social Sciences. She has written 32 short stories, two novels, and a number of reviews and commentaries. In 1951she was diagnosed with...
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