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

829 Words Oct 19th, 2015 4 Pages
The views that some individuals carry have them living in a world of one’s own where what they believe in is right and anyone who disagrees is wrong. In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor uses symbolism, foreshadowing, and Limited omniscient point of view to express that there is not a true definition of a “Good Man” because society views a whole is very flawed existence to begin with.
The use of the grandmother’s hat in the story is symbolism for her own skewed morals of what is a “Good Man”. For her to be considered a lady or a good man; she must always be dressed nicely, even in death. Since the grandmother has the habit of persuading herself that she is always in the right even when wrong, it makes the grandmother be the perfect example for the inconsistent idea of a “Good Man”. O’Connor states “, but the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. ………. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (406). This shows that the grandmother has no notion in that situation where it wouldn’t matter if she was dead and even the fact that her whole family could have perished with her, she only cares about whether or not she looks like a respectable lady in the end. This puts emphasis on the fact she has an inconsistent ethical code that she follows and is willing to drag others down with…

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