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

1238 Words Sep 16th, 2015 5 Pages
According to the Florida Department of Corrections in fiscal year July 2014 through July 2015 there were a total of seventy-three inmate escapes from Florida correctional facilities (Florida Department of Corrections). The story of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” begins as a family road trip, but tragically ends when a family of six crosses paths with an escaped convict. Set in rural Georgia around the 1940s, Grandmother, her son Bailey, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren plan a vacation to Florida. While en route, they are involved in a car accident that leads to a chance encounter with a murderous convict, The Misfit, and his two companions. Confronted with their own mortality, can this somewhat dysfunctional family escape with their lives from these unfavorable circumstances? The idea of mortality in this story not only signifies physical death, but also calls into question the condition of the character’s virtue. The writer of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, Flannery O’Connor, explores the concepts of death and salvation through her use of foreshadowing, characters, and symbolism.
Despite the fact that the reader is not instantly aware of O’Connor’s suggestion of foreshadowing; the audience begins to see a pattern of this family’s inevitable rendezvous with destiny. Kathleen Wilson writes in Short Story for Students, “Many writers of short fiction include few superfluous details; every detail contributes to an overall effect that the story intends to produce. Thus,…

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