Flannery O ' Connor 's A Good Man Essay

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Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” has many strange characteristics that set it apart from most stories. The blatant and somewhat abrasive manner O’Conner goes about writing this story hints that she is attempting to portray an unsettling message. However, after closely examining the literary clues O’Connor leaves behind the readers can conclude that the piece offers a disturbing image of human tendencies and natural desires that goes unspoken in society. By closely examining the grandmother’s characterization, family animosity, and Misfit’s metaphorical purpose through a psychological lens, the reader can attain O’Connor’s commentary on the human self. What is that commentary?
The grandmother is certainly the focal point of this story in the sense that O’Connor focuses more so on communicating her idiosyncrasies and actions throughout the story than any of the other family members. The primary interpretation one may have of grandmother is that she has an obsession with control instilled by fear. The reader sees examples of this throughout the story. The grandmother is introduced by her discontentment with the family trip to Florida, however the anxiety that the trip causes her is seemingly excessive. For example, she smuggles her cat along for the trip out of fear that in her absence it would “brush against one of the gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself” (382). Her unnatural uneasiness with the trip to Florida allows the reader to wonder what…

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