Examples Of Foreshadowing In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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The Tragic Fall of the Family In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, the author creates a character called The Misfit who kills a family. The story begins with the family discussing where to travel on their vacation. The grandmother tries to tell the family that there is an escaped convict in Florida where they are travelling and that they should not go there. But instead the family does not listen to her and they are destined for tragedy. There are many elements that foreshadow the tragic events to come. Foreshadowing starts from the very beginning of the story when the story tells us what the grandmother is wearing: “[h]er collars and cuffs [a]re white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she ha[s] a pinned purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone [who] see[s] her dead on the highway would know at once that she [i]s a lady” (O’Connor 446). These events show that the…show more content…
There are many events that occur that foreshadows the family’s death. Flannery O’Connor uses the grandmother to bring about the fall of the family. The grandmother lies to get her way, and her lies result in the death of the family. The author uses the literary element of foreshadowing that keeps the reader’s interest, and creates an interesting plot around this element. Works Cited O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories. Harcourt, 1953. Rpt. in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. 8th ed. Ed. Michael Meyer. Boston: Bedford, 2008. 446-451. Ochshorn, Kathleen. “A Cloak of Grace: Contradictions in ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find.’” Studies in American Fiction 18.1 (1990): 16 pars. 26 Mar. 2009
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