Essay on A Good Man Is Hard For Find By Flannery O ' Conner

1095 Words Oct 18th, 2015 5 Pages
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner shows the battle of society vs. class. The grandmother in "A Good Man is hard to find" gives great importance to being "a lady," and her ideas about what that means reflect an old-fashioned, Southern mindset. She uses the n-word and longs for the good old days when kids were polite, people were trustworthy. All of this leads her to associate being "good" with coming from a respectable family and behaving like a member of her social class; those who don 't are outsiders. All of this is put to the test when she meets The Misfit. Society vs. Class shows that everyone is truly equal and at the end of the day social class doesn’t make a difference. O’Conner shows this through her use of Tone and Characterization throughout the story.
The grandmother is representative of godliness and Christianity which O 'Connor apparently believed to be more prevalent in the 1950’s down south. “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. Her collar and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace, and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once she was a lady.” (250)
The parents pay little attention to the grandmother and when they do, they are often quite rude. The children are consistently misbehaving and representative…

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