Gothic Literature : A Good Man By Flannery O ' Connor Essay

1041 Words May 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Southern Gothic literature is a writing style unique to American literature in that it uses supernatural, ironic, and unusual events to reveal and examine the values and character of the South. Sothern Gothic authors use certain elements as tools to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the south. An example of this work is A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. It is a deeply disturbing tale about a family trip to Florida gone wrong. O 'Connor 's work in A Good Man is Hard to Find uses grotesque elements, twisted southern stereotypes, and ironic events to highlight the social and moral issues of the Christ- Haunted South. O’Connor refers to the South as Christ-haunted because she sees that society is no longer living a Christ-centered life but instead faking one.
One of the most recognizable elements of Southern Gothic fiction is the grotesque events that shock the reader. These events are easily apparent in A Good Man is Hard to Find because there is much violence that happens so casually without any dramatic effect from the author. For instance, at the beginning of the story O’Connor immediately creates a looming sense of darkness and suspense when the grandmother tries to persuade the family to go to Tennessee rather than Florida because a dangerous inmate has escaped. The grandmother warns her family, “read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn 't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that a…

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