A good man is hard to find

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Critical Essay #1
A Closer Look Into
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

By James ENC-1102

The short story I chose for my critical essay is a story that caught my attention with a gentle and inspiring title and as I began to turn pages it suddenly evolved into a theme that caught me off guard and I quickly became intrigued by elusive style of writing the author used to express this story in a unique form of literature. After reading Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, I will discuss the vivid historical and cultural context the author revealed to the story’s setting in relation to its style and how the main character is exposed to different parallels of what she considers to be a good man in time that is dealing with social issues we are still faced with today. Also, I will give a short biography on Flannery O’Connor on her background and why she enjoys writing stories with such dark content. In the following paragraphs, you will also exposed to how a calm title “A Good Man is Hard to Find” will bring new perspective to the type of person you would consider to be a good man and how we can be faced with a situation where we find ourselves trying to see the good, in even the most evil kind of men.
Throughout the short story by Flannery O’Connor’s story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” used cultural context that represents the use and belief of a southern roots lifestyle that took place in a small town in Georgia somewhere between the 1940’s-1950’s. The Grandmother is the main character and in several instances she replicates the historical and cultural race issues present during those times because she would refer to African Americans as “Negros” or “N*gg* rs” which was common use of slang by southern whites around that time. For example, the Grandma was telling her young obnoxious granddaughter named June Star, a story and even mentioned a derogatory statement which was stated “Little nigg*rs in the country don’t have thinks like we do” which



Cited: Janson, Peter. "University of Mass. Dartmouth Eng. Dept." A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Analyzed. University of Mass. Dartmouth Eng. Dept., 1 Nov. 2011. Web. 26 Sept. 2013. O 'Connor, Flannery, and Beverly Lyon Clark. "Flannery O 'Connor (1925-1964)." Flannery O 'Connor (1925-1964). Georgetown University, 4 Nov. 2002. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

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