A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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Brandy Callaway English 1020 L11 Date: March 19, 2012 Assignment: Paper # 5 Short Story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner In the story, “A Good man is hard to find”, Flannery O’Conner uses foreshadowing, irony, as well as other rhetorical devices, to portray the southern beliefs and predicting the grandmother’s fate. Evidence of society's "demise" is woven into the story, and presented through the grandmother’s time that has come to pass. The last pleading words of the grandmother were “Why you’re one of my babies. You’re one of my own children.”(257) These are words of a woman despite to save her life as well as the following as she tries to convince The Misfit that he is a god man. “I just know you’re a good man! You’re not at all common!” This tells a lot about the grandmother’s character, which is portrayed as a selfish, cruel, and superior being until the end. Early in the story, we are told that the family is going on vacation to Florida, which the grandmother does not want to go but would rather go to Tennessee to visit family. She tries to convince her son Bailey to change his mind in going to Florida by showing him a section of the paper. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people.”(250) she told Bailey. This is the first foreshadowing of death is to come given by O’Conner, depicting that he will in fact be in Florida and the thing he did to “these people”(250) will be done to the family as well even though we do not know the details of his doing. “She wouldn't stay at home for a million bucks,” (250) June Star said. “Afraid she'd miss something. She has to go everywhere we go” (250). One can relate this statement to the ending of the story. After the family has an automobile accident,

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