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A Good Man is Hard to Find
Transcript of A Good Man is Hard to Find
Her faith has given influence to a number of her works.
She has written two novels and 32 short stories.
Studied at Georgia State College for Women “violence strangely capable of returning my characters to reality
and preparing them to accept their moment of grace.” Flannery O'Connor What do you think the significance of the title is? The title itself presents dramatic irony within the story.
The title is mentioned numerous times throughout the piece. "A good man is hard to find."-Red Sam to Grandma, page 499, paragraph 43.
Without the title, O'Connor's use of dramatic irony would be all but fruitless. The plot of the story is organized in a chronological fashion, with the inclusion of flashbacks and stories from Grandma. and
Setting What is the setting and how does it contribute to the story? The story is set in Georgia, with the majority of it taking place inside a car. After a wreck, the dirt path and the woods play host to death at the end of the story. It can be concluded the era is in the 1940's or 50's, although time's significance is questionable. The Grandmother Self centered, judgemental, even manipulative.
Nagging her family constantly in attempts to impose her views upon them.
Views herself as a "Lady", and a superior one at that.
DYNAMIC Character: Changes at the end of the story, after some negotiations and spiritual talk with "The Misfit". "Why, you're one of my babies"-Page 505, paragraph 136. Sees her own equal worth to everyone. Bailey Son of the Grandmother
Stubborn, disrespectful, bad listener
STATIC character Bailey's Wife Very little dialogue over the course of the story.
Primarily concerned with the Baby's safety
Ignores her children's disrespect towards their Grandmother
STATIC Character June Star Daughter of Bailey and his wife.
Like the Grandmother, she is self centered.
"But nobody's killed"-referring to the accident, disappointed. Page 501, paragraph 69
STATIC Character John Wesley June Star's brother
Just as rude and disrespectful
"John Wesley kicked the back of the seat so hard that his father could feel the blows in his kidney."-Page 500, paragraph 50
STATIC Character The Baby The Baby is seemingly the only person the Grandmother really enjoys.
"She set him on her knee and bounced him and told him about the things they were passing"- Page 497, paragraph 22.
STATIC Character (Kinda obvious, it's a baby) Red Sam Owner of the restaurant and gas station where the family stops for lunch.
Upset with the world, claims "A good man is hard to find"- Page 499, paragraph 42
STATIC Character Red Sam's Wife Only makes a brief cameo in the story
Seems uneducated, "If he hears about it being here, I wouldn't be none surprised to see him. If he hears it's two cent in the cash register, I wouldn't be a tall surprised if he..."- referring to The Misfit, page 499, paragraph 41
STATIC Character (The way she rambles is a bit annoying too.) The Misfit The most complex character in the story.
Forces us to question ourselves about what the story has set up for us so far.
Although he speculates upon Jesus' life and Christianity, he proclaims he does not follow the faith and acts with "No pleasure but meanness"-Page 505, paragraph 134
Also states that if he had witnessed the resurrection of Christ, that he wouldn't be the way he is now. This leads us to speculate that The Misfit is perhaps morally confused and lost in life, and along with the Grandmother, believe that he might have good in him.
Last words in the story also add to this "It's no pleasure in life", The Misfit says, referring to killing her.
He remarks towards the Grandmother's attitude just before, when he says, "She would have been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."- Page 505, paragraph 140
EXTREMELY Round and Complex Character, readers verdict if he is truly dynamic or static Hiram and Bobby Lee The Misfit's Henchmen, 'nuff said.
STATIC Characters (More static and flat than socks out of the dryer) What is the point of view and how would the story differ if it were changed? O'Connor's diction in this story draws from the characters. Depending on the character's lifestyle and in some cases intelligence, syntax and diction in the dialogue vary, but are rooted in a Southern dialect. Symbols The Grandmother's apparel signifies her attitude and self proclaimed status as a "Lady", also gives the reader a sense of materialism.(See paragraph 12) In Paragraph 96 on page 503, the moment the Grandmother loses her hat, not only her fate, but the fate of her family becomes apparent to her, and she breaks from her normal attitude. Details Red Sam quotes the title of the story
The Grandmother foreshadows The Misfit and the car wreck at the beginning of the story
The Grandmother's loss of her hat signals her change in character. Theme The overall theme of the story is Man's struggle with religion. Neither the Grandmother nor The Misfit are anything near The Archetype that is Christ, yet at the end of the story both reconcile within themselves about what little faith they ever had or could have had. What do you think the theme is? Credits for the blue art piece go to xArianax on Deviantart.
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