A Good Man Is Hard To Find Literary Analysis

Good Essays
Lit Analysis #7 on "A Good Man is Hard to Find”
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” you meet a family, but the member of the family that sticks out is the grandmother. She says many things that makes one wonder what is going on in her head. For example, when she says “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (O'Connor). This is a one of the first sentences from the reading “A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. When reading this sentence, it makes one wonder; why does the grandmother care so much about being know as a lady? The story about a family of five going on vacation and they bring their “well” mannered grandmother, who just seems very stuck in her ways. When it comes to her ways she thinks they are the “good” ways, but are they really? Even though, the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to
…show more content…
“I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that loose in it. I couldn't answer to my conscience if I did " (O’Connor). The grandmother had this sense of urgency to keep her family safe no matter what, but is this really the case? I think a small side of her is really trying to use this misfit to her advantage to go to Tennessee and not go to Florida. She heard of bad news in the area and did not feel right about having her loved ones go into the area where there was a criminal, so she plays it off as if she is a concerned loving grandmother. She takes advantage of this common idea that mothers are the prime caretakers and fathers do not pay as much attention to safety, as her son kept telling her to stop worrying. “Women were considered domestic caregivers, with sole responsibility for the home and child rearing” (Holt). So, it was just in her nature to care and want what is best for her and her

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Devona Hogan English 1302-49 Profess. Hanks Literary Analysis “A Good Man is Hard to Find” “A good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O'Conner depicts a southern family, who is at odds about where they should go for a family vacation. They will eventually agree to head for Florida, once in the car the family will go through a series of events that will shapen each indivudal character. One of the main characters in the story, “The Grandmother”, who is known for her critical , savvy ways gives…

    • 1115 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    why things happen the way they do? One could foresee the end right from the beginning. However, one could miss the expected if they do not believe or know what one is seeing. In the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (O’Conner, 2008), the author applies her Christian upbringing along with the literary elements characterization, foreshadowing, and irony to best portray the theme, “if an individual does not follow the rules of society, there can be negative, sometimes violent consequences"(Short…

    • 1821 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    A Good Man Really Is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is the story of a family’s vacation tragically ended by The Misfit and his gang. On the way to their vacation spot in Florida, the Grandmother remembers a plantation in Georgia she used to visit when she was a young lady and desperately wants to see it. She tells her son, Bailey, what road it is on and everyone is excited to see it. After a while, the grandmother realizes that she was wrong about where the plantation…

    • 1102 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    So what makes a story? The symbolism and images that authors use in there writing can have so many different features. “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway and the story “A good man is hard to find,” by Flannery O’Connor both are written by great authors that have great work. Both the writers use different features to make their story stand out. They only use a few features, but both their writers use a lot of the same ideas. These stories are so different but at the same time they have…

    • 824 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    EN251 – Midterm Essay Ross K. Gordon Herzing University In the short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner, the reader is taken on a journey and tags along with a self-centered family as they explore the sights of the rural south while en route to their destination, a family vacation in Florida. As they travel the dusty road, O’Connor (2012) takes them from heaven, “all at once, they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around,” (p. 139) and…

    • 1403 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    “grandmother”, is often followed by an image of a sweet elderly woman who will often encourage, support, and model what type of person another should strive to be. In cases like the one presented by Flannery O’Connor in his short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the grandmother possesses qualities that are rarely associated with grandmas. Most fictional characters have flaws and redeemable qualities to parallel living people and the “grandmother” in the story follows the same trend by having some…

    • 891 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Tania Pacheco English 1A Mrs. Solorzano Essay #4 November 8, 2010 Literary Analysis on “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” “Jesus!” the old lady cried. “You’ve got good blood! I know you wouldn’t shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus you ought not shoot a lady. I’ll give you all the money I’ve got!” In the story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” the major theme is the theme of religion. The story is about a family that ends up going on a vacation to Tennessee…

    • 694 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Chad Funk Professor Sharon Thiese The Short Story May 28th, 2012 Literary Analysis “Setting” – A Good Man is Hard to Find In the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor starts out by giving a look at a dysfunctional family on a vacation, but ultimately, gives insight into ourselves as well as the nature of good and evil, how they can clash, and how they can co-exist, even in the same person. The setting, which plays a critical role in this short story because the grandmother shows…

    • 2170 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is hard To Find” is a story about a family heading on a vacation from Georgia to Florida. O’Connor uses literary elements; Point of view, foreshadowing and irony to make this story arouse to someone’s curiosity. In the beginning, the first sentence O’Connor lets the readers know that this story is not told directly by one of the characters & also who this story is mainly about. (1) The grandmother is the character we are told the most about and she is also the only…

    • 521 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Analyze the stories for literary devices, and record one example of the following devices from any of her stories that are exceptionally well-done. Quote each example (include story title and page number for citation). Then, explain the rationale for your selection. Literary Device - Foreshadowing: “A Good Man is Hard to Find” She uses foreshadowing very well in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. She uses phrases like, ‘Toomsboro’ (359) and ‘the big black battered…

    • 1416 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Powerful Essays