A Good Man Is Hard And Find By Flannery O ' Connor Essay

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In her short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor introduces the reader to a world of family issues, danger, and murder. The story was written in 1955 during a period of social and racial unrest in the southern United States. Mostly, the story follows O 'Connor 's basic Southern Gothic writing style, a work that is "cold and dispassionate, as well as almost absurdly stark and violent" (Galloway). While the quote gives major insight into the tone of the story, it does not offer a glimpse into O 'Connor 's real message of the story. Her take on the characters is a complex mixture of agreement and disapproval. The reader almost wants to feel sorry for them, which is one reason why this work is controversial. In this eye opening piece, O 'Connor encourages the reader to blur the lines of right and wrong, making it a compelling read.
The story opens with a man named Bailey who is going on a trip to Florida with his wife, children, and mother. However, his mother had other plans and becomes the "manipulative grandmother lecturing her apathetic son" (Sparrow). At first she tries to convince her son to change the trip destination, criticizing his judgement by saying,”I wouldn 't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn 't answer to my conscience if I did”(O’Connor 130). It might be inferred that she meant well by warning Bailey about the prison escapee, named Misfit, who is traveling in the same direction. Unfortunately,…

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