Suspense In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Always Trust Grandma’s Gut Feeling

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Mary Flannery O’Connor illustrates humor with suspense throughout the short story. Mary Flannery O’Connor is known for incorporating some religious meaning or feeling in her stories. (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). The story focuses on a family heading out for vacation; with the witty live-in grandma as the main character. The story’s limited omniscient point of view gives the characters, setting, and plot a more suspenseful feel that symbolizes the story’s title. The beginning of the story foreshadows the uncanny feeling that everyone should have trusted the grandmother’s gut feeling. The plot of the story revolves around a family traveling from Georgia to Florida.
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At the beginning of the story, the grandmother tries to convince them to go to Tennessee instead showing the impact of The Misfit early on. The title, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is revealed while the family is eating at The Tower. The grandmother asks the owner and his wife if they have heard about The Misfit. I think this conversation symbolizes the family is having a run in with this Misfit as they continue to travel which tests the grandmothers faith. When the family encounters The Misfit, and the grandmother realizes who he is, she tries to buy time and pray. As she gets The Misfit to talk and continues to tell him he should’ve prayed, she starts to doubt her faith. The Misfit tells about how Jesus was the only one that ever raised the dead and that he shouldn 't have. “Maybe He didn 't raise the dead,” the old lady mumbled” (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, p. …show more content…
The story is funny yet doesn’t end in a laughing matter. I think Mary Flannery O’Connor provided the reader with just enough insight to the characters, plot, symbols, and setting by using the limited omniscient point of view. In this story, I think the character 's faiths are put to test, and it shows how easily people can get self-absorbed and lose morale characteristics. Even though the grandmother tried to use The Misfit story to get to go to Tennessee, it shows the family should have listened to grandmother’s gut

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