Essay about Short Story : A Good Man

1448 Words Feb 10th, 2015 6 Pages
The short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” begins with an average southern family planning out a vacation that they believe will be wonderful. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” starts off with a humorous tone since the reader does not know the outcome of the story. O’Connor’s use of tone changes from humorous to quite frightening, which plays a key role in making this short story a compelling one. Flannery’s creative and strange take on narrating the story forces the reader to believe that she does not take violence seriously, as she portrays violence as being normal in Southern culture. In today’s world people believe that violence sends off a negative vibe; however, O’Connor portrays this vibe differently by displaying the grandmother’s positive reaction to violence. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” opens up with the reader learning about the grandmother, who serves as a character in constant conflict. As the reader knows, the family plans out a vacation to go to Florida, but the grandmother changes their mind by manipulating them into thinking they should “see other parts of the world” (O’Connor 404). The grandmother manipulates her grandchildren just like the reader is being manipulated into favoring the grandmother and being convinced that violence is not an issue. Flannery shows her view of violence by explaining the grandmother’s change of attitude towards the end of the story. At the beginning of the story the grandmother is described as a woman that needed to dress to…

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