A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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Saud Bilal Critical Analysis of Short Story (Rewrite) Thesis rewrite A Death Wish In “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” Flannery O’Connor reveals the story of a typical southern family taking a trip to Florida during their summer vacation. They are consistently challenged by the manipulative grandmother, whose words and actions ultimately lead to the family’s demise. The story is filled with surprises, hinted by signs that forebode a grotesque ending. To connect all the plots, O’Connor uses a variety of literary elements such as foreshadowing and imagery to portray a death theme throughout. On numerous occasions, Flannery O’Connor exhibits the use of foreshadowing in her tale. As soon as the story starts, there are noticeable signs, which if followed carefully can help predict the family’s fate. At the beginning of the story, the reader learns about the family taking a trip to Florida which the grandmother opposes because she would rather go to Tennessee (943). The grandmother says, “‘Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is a loose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida’” (943). Here O’Connor hints that the family may come in contact with the criminal The Misfit because they seem to have a mutual destination. The author also briefly mentions the criminal’s previous crimes as, “What it says he did to these people” (943). This gives readers a clue that what happened to “those people” may also happen to the family as well. Another example of foreshadowing is when the family is confronted by The Misfit, he says, “but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t reckernized me.” (950). Here The Misfit indicates that he is going to kill the family because they have seen him and verified his identity. At this point O’Connor is setting up the readers for the twist in the story. In addition to foreshadowing, O’Connor also uses imagery to

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