A Good Man Is Hard To Find Short Story Analysis

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People often make connections to things in their lives when reading stories. Stories tend to imitate life, so it’s no surprise that they remind us of people, events, movies, and other works of literature. Comparing literature to other literature can be a time consuming, but ultimately rewording experience. The only reason it could be considered time consuming is because of the plethora of literary elements to address in each story. These elements include: point of view, setting, plot, symbols, character, style, theme, and tone. Within each story there are examples of all the elements, however our focus is on plot and style. Flannery O’Conner and Tobias Wolff use their differences in writing style to enhance their version of a similar plot in …show more content…
Before they leave the narrator and grandma tries to convince them to head to Tennessee instead of Florida because there is a killer called The Misfit at large who is headed there also. Her attempts fail, so they continue to Florida as planned. During the trip the family makes several stops to eat and sight see all while the ominous Misfit stays in in the back of her mind. After a terrible accident the family comes face to face with The Misfit himself in a shocking ending. The other story, “Bullet in the Brain” by Wolff is about a man’s visit to the bank that turns deadly when it gets robbed at the same …show more content…
The obvious difference in length leads to other smaller differences being more visible in comparison. The diction the characters use when they are interacting with each other is definitely a point of contrast. If the setting wasn’t given in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” you would be able to tell from the way the characters speak. “‘It isn’t a soul in this green world of God’s that you can trust,’ she said. ‘And I don’t count nobody out of that, not nobody,’ she repeated, looking at Red Sammy” (O’Conner 372). Clearly they are Southern people. In Wolff’s story you can’t really tell where they are, but the language is very crass at times. Also, O’Conner’s story is open to more imagery because of the length of the story. However, there is a few times where Wolff takes a moment to describe the scene. “The domed ceiling had been decorated with mythological figures whose fleshy, toga-draped ugliness Anders had taken in at a glance many years earlier and afterward declined to notice” (Wolff 2). When scenery is described it’s always in the negative judgmental tone of Ander’s voice. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” there is a sense of objectivity in the observation of the surroundings. “She said the house had six white columns across the front and that there was an avenue of oaks leading up to it and two little wooden trellis arbors on either side in front…”

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