A Good Man Is Hard To Find


The short story "" by Flannery O'Connor could be viewed as a comic strip about massacre and martyrdom. What stops it from becoming a solemn story is its intensity, ambition, and unfamiliarity. O'Connor blends the line between humor and terror. She introduces her audience to the horror of self-love. The grandmother is thought of by the community as agood person and appears to be so on the surface, but she is also mean and narcissistic. She forces her family to abide by her wishes; she sees them as an extension of herself; and she seizes every opportunity to get what she wants. By manipulating her grandchildren, she gets her son to go back to the
house with the "secret panel", causing ...

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house. The restaurant is a "broken-down place"- "a long dark room" with a tiny place to dance. At one time Red Sammy found pleasure from the restaurant but now he is afraid to leave the door unlatched. He has given in to the "meanness" of the world. In contrast to the horrible Tower is the grandmother's peaceful memories of the plantation house that is filled with wonderful treasures. However, the family never reach this house because this house does not even exist on the this dirt road or even in the same state. Because of the grandmother's pride she cannot admit that she has made a mistake. "'It's not much farther,' the grandmother said and just
as she said it, a horrible thought came to her. The thought was so embarrassing that she turned red in the face and her eyes dilated and her feet jumped up...." (144). The grandmother's pride and self-centered wish to see the house causes the Misfit to discover and murder the family. Both houses are, in effect, ruins of the ...

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they are being presented to an audience as comical figures and an elaborate joke. If more attention is paid to the story's self-conscious technique, then the reader can adjust their sympathies in a way that would coincide with the story's style.
The first words uttered in the first pages of "" are directed to the reader almost as much as they are directed to Bailey: "Now look here, ...see here, read this." (137). The reader themselves are rustling the pages of the story almost simultaneously as the grandmother is shaking the newspaper at Bailey. Cleverly, O'Connor has made her reader self-conscious of her printed medium and undoubtedly made the reader aware of the similarities ...

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