Literary Criticism Of Flannery O Connor

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Flannery O’Connor “Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She was the only child of Regina L. Cline and Edward F. O’Connor Jr. Both of her parents grew up Roman Catholics. The Clines were a prominent family in the state, Regina Cline’s father having been mayor of Milledgeville for many years (n.pag.Hyman). O’Connor may have only been alive for 39 years, but in those 39 years, she became a very successful writer (n.pag. Shurbutt). In her short years she wrote two novels and several dozen short stories. Flannery may have not had one of the easiest lives growing up, but she handled anything that was thrown at her. From fighting with lupus, to moving and writing non stop in college, …show more content…
Flannery’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is one of her pieces that has a lot of literary criticism, and is her best-known story because of how popular it was. This short story is a great example of Southern Gothic Literature. Sylvia Bailey Sherman once said in her article “O’Connor favors a limited omniscient point of view, which generally focuses on a particular character’s flawed perception of reality—in this case, that character is the grandmother”. In summary, this story is about a family that is in need of a family vacation. Despite of the grandmothers wants, they all head to Florida. On the way to Florida, their singing, playing games, having a good time, when they flip the car. At this point their on a abandoned road with not a single car passing by. Once a man and his two friends end up driving, they stop and the family end up getting help, but not the help they anticipated. The misfit gets out (a bad guy) and the grandmother immediately recognizes him. Being as religious as she his she tries to tell the misfit he is a good man, that he just needs to pray. Well, he ends up killing the whole family. The story ends with the misfit giving his opinion on jesus (n.pag. Shurbutt). “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” was published in 1955, and got excellent reviews (n.pag.walker). From us, the readers, point of view you can see that the story was told in third person. The grandmother telling the story, we were able to …show more content…
She once wrote “Sickness is more instructive than a long trip to Europe”. She says that in a way her sickness was a blessing because it brought her closer to home, and gave her time to spend with her mother. She has said before that some of her best writing was done while at home (n.pag. Waklker). Two novels and thirty-two short stories later Flannery passed away because of the terrible disease that she had to deal with through her last few years, lupus (n.pag.

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