Hard to Find a Good Man Essay

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Christaan Lindsay Literature 200 Critique of A Good Man is Hard to Find 2/22/2011 A Good Man is Hard to Find The short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, written by Flannery O’Connor has many attributes that lend itself to be analyzed by Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. A Good Man is Hard to Find can be analyzed through Freud’s psychoanalytic perspective using the characters involved in the short story and from the author’s perspective of the story. This essay will look into A Good Man is Hard to Find through Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual theory and analyze the character of the Misfit, and will attempt to analyze what the author’s subconscious intentions were when writing this story. The first perspective this essay will analyze is the author’s subconscious message, according to Freud, when writing this short story. When Flannery O’Connor wrote the short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, it seemed she wrote from the grandmother’s point of view. The grandmother is the main character in the story. The story is written through her interactions with other characters. When a piece of literature is analyzed, Freud believed that the literature needed to be treated like a dream. “A work of literature, he believes, is the external expression of the author’s unconscious mind. Accordingly, literary works must then be treated like a dream, applying psychoanalytic techniques to texts to uncover the author’s hidden motivations, repressed desires, and wishes” (Bressler 130). In the first paragraph of the story the grandmother is trying to persuade her son to not travel to Florida. She feels like she knows better than her son. Her grandchildren had been to Florida before, and she wishes her son would take a vacation to another destination. The grandmother’s intentions were conveyed in the first sentence of the short story, “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida”

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