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"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
Transcript of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
Kelly Fischer, Christopher Mager, Melissa Rizzo, Shannon Conway Characters, Themes, Author's Background Significant Quotations Author's Background/ Other Works Minor Characters Themes Major Characters Plot With Images and Plot Structure 3. Rising Action
•Family is involved in a car accident due to
Pitty Sing because of the grandmother thinking the old plantation is down this dirt road
•Grandmother thinks she is in East Tennessee, but she does not realize she is still in Georgia
•Unaware of her selfish motives
•The Misfit and his henchmen show up at the scene of the accident
•They kill the family members one by one, and the Misfit leaves the grandmother for last to be killed.
•The Misfit shoots her in the chest three times 5. Falling Action
• After everyone has been killed the grandmother
tries to reason with the Misfit to not kill her
•Suggests he's a "good man" but he does not listen to her
6. Resolution (Dénouement)
•After the grandmother is shot
•Could have been a good woman if she could have been shot “every minute of her life”.
7. Freytag's Pyramid
•A Good Man is Hard to Find follows Freytag's Pyramid model
•Both external conflicts
•Conflict between the family
and the grandmother?
9. Special Topics
•The irony of the cat, Pitty Sing 1. Narrative Hook
•East Tennessee over Florida?
•Grandmother trying to manipulate her son
•Setting and main characters introduced
•Theme and tone introduced •The grandmother
-The protagonist of the story. She has very skewed views on exactly what a good person is.
-The grandmother's son. Not a very likeable character.
•John Wesley and June Star
-Bailey's young son and daughter. Very annoying and bratty.
-The antagonist of the story. Very complex character. Minor Characters
-Mother to John Wesley and June Star. Bailey's wife.
-Owns a restaurant called "Red Sammy's."
•Bobby Lee and Hiram
-Accomplices to the Misfit.
•The battle between good and evil
- Are people born good or are they born evil? What happened in a person's life to make them the way they are?
-Even the most unlikely people receive God's grace in the end.
•Importance of Family
-We should all love and appreciate our families. We never know when we may lose them, and many things may be left unsaid.
1. Writing is affected by O’Connor’s personal life: Southern, Roman Catholic religion.
2. Writing is typical for the writer: flawed characters, foreshadowing, divine grace, violence, human behavior. 1.Misfit- “I found out the crime don’t matter. You can do one thing or you can do another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later you’re going to forget what it was you done and just be punished for it.” He says this to the grandmother before killing some of the family members because he has learned that no matter what crime you commit, the consequences are always the same, no matter who remembers what happened. This quote traces to the Christian belief of original sin. 2.Misfit- “She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” He sees the grandmother as a weak woman-full of sin- even though she is thought of as a lady with good morals. This quote means if she had a gun to her head her entire life that she might be more aware of everything around her.
3.They passed a large cotton field with five or six graves fenced in the middle of it, like a small island. This shows O’Connor’s foreshadowing technique because the family saw six graves and there are six members of the family. 4."It isn't a soul in this green world of God's that you can trust. And I don't count nobody out of that, not nobody," Red Sammy’s wife says this to the family but looks at her husband while saying it. This shows that O’Connor most likely wanted to emphasize trust, even the trust we find in the people we love most. Setting/ Point of view •Southern American family around 50s
•Family living together in Atlanta
•Takes place on the road
•3rd Person Central Character- Grandmother