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    Shelby Taylor Professor K. Lewis English 1102 11 October, 2016 Is there a Good Man? As with most of Flannery O’ Connors writings they were all written with her catholic faith in mind. Flannery O’ Connor was often called a Southern Gothic because of the grotesque incidents that occur in many of her stories (Gioia 402). It is vital to read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” with the same mindset as Flannery O’ Connor, to determine the religious conflicts many characters’ experience throughout the…

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    Southern Gothic Literature is a genre of literature that takes place in the south, usually dealing with twisted and despondent elements. Existing “in a crummy little sh-ttown in Alabama, called Woodstock,” as John B. McLemore calls it, is “S-Town,” a podcast with narration by Brian Reed. Instead of being a classic piece of Southern Gothic Literature, “S-Town” grasps themes that make it into a more modern and contemporary piece of Southern Gothic Literature, which lets people relate with it.…

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    William Faulkner presents a short story located in a small town in the deep south. The details about the setting provided me with an understanding of the upbringing that embraced the values and beliefs of the characters, with imaginary actions and reactions of Emily and the rest of the town, that changed the tone of the story. Passing on the extremes of isolation that is both physical and emotional. A process that shows the human life isolated from their families, community, habit, past,…

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    Introduction “Four Hail Marys” is a mastery short story written by Anne Goodwin. The story is about Four Hail Marys the Roman Catholic prayer, the mother of Jesus. In this short story Mary is relevant to the catholic religion and by using the words “Hail Mary” which means one is saved from their sins, we find Mary in this story trying to live up to that name “Hail Mary”. This essay will critically analyse the written short story by discussing the main characters, a brief overview of the plot,…

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    Well used imagery can be as vivid as a one million paintings. Kate Chopin uses imagery throughout many of her timeless short stories. Kate Chopin was a short story author based out of Louisiana. Chopin was born on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, MO and later died on August 22, 1904. Throughout her life Chopin was a very well-known women’s rights activist. Kate Chopin was also very against the abuse and enslavement of African Americans. Chopin uses amazing imagery throughout the short story…

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    O’Connor reveals the Grandmother’s fault by expressing that “a horrible thought came to her” . She had not wanted to travel to Florida but her reminiscence of her past life in Tennessee led her to give false directions which led them to their death. The theme is revealed when the Grandmother registered her mistake but chooses not to speak up due to her embarrassment. The use of this phrase foreshadows that due to her inaccuracy, something horrible might happen. In the story the…

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    Within the southern gothic writing style it is common to read of the use of macabre, or grotesque events. Such events are easily identified in four particular short stories by O’ Connor. These short stories that all have southern gothic styles are as follows A Good Man is Hard to Find, Good country People, Everything That Rises Must Converge, and Revelation. But out of these four stories only two of them A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Good country People have this way of highlighting the wrongs…

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    In many stories authors use side characters to portray certain ideas or concepts that they want to be presented in their stories. In the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O Connor, the characters John Wesley and June Star help us understand the idea of generational gap and disrespect to the older generations. Examples of this idea is costly brought up throughout the story and helps us as the reader understand the discrepancies between two very different generations. From the…

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    As people live on to be 70 to 80 years old they carry memories from their childhood days till they die. Many memories can shape them in a high-minded way or in an inadequate way. “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Flannery O 'Connor, Granny Weatherall faced multiple hardships in her lifetime up that she cannot forget. The results she received made Granny Weatherall not rely on anybody to help her out because she took control over her life. While in “A good man is hard to find” nameless…

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    Bandy, Stephen C. " 'One Of My Babies ': The Misfit and the Grandmother." Studies in Short Fiction 33.1 (Winter 1996): 107-118. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Janet Witalec. Vol. 61. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 24 Sept. 2016. This article by Stephen Bandy analyses and finds the meaning behind the grandmother’s last words. Bandy states that there is doubt that there are Christian influences in this story but that is not his main point. Bandy…

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