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An Analysis of Flannery O’Connor’s Story, A Good Man Is Hard to Find


As readers, whenever we checked out narratives we typically think about various things that makes the story distinct and insightful for us to read consistently. Flannery O’Connor’s narrative, “A Great Man is Hard to Discover”, is a story about a family that was taking a trip down from Tennessee to Florida for the summer season holiday. While Bailey bringing his household to Florida for a getaway, his mother, The Grandmother, doesn’t seemed to be delighted going to Florida. The granny, who was not thrilled travelling along the household, discussed about the “The Misfit” in the newspaper being on the loose, which her family did not follow her story and disregarded her entirely. The grandma faced her supreme death as she met The Misfit and caught her death. In the story of “A Good Man is Difficult to Discover”, we think about different manner ins which Flannery O’Connor’s composing style and methods in the story particularly viewpoint, diction, tone, style and settings that made it unique in the narrative.

Whenever we checked out different kinds of literature especially short stories, we frequently consider the various perspectives that makes the story amazing and how the author/narrator presents the story. The way that story was composed by O’Connor was specifically in the 3rd person perspective with limited omniscient. The factor that she wrote the story specifically narrated in the third person point of view with limited omniscient is because the story is centred singularly with the Grandmother. The storyteller chose the viewpoint of the granny is since she has some knowledge, which is prepared, available to start access it straight. For instance, the Granny begins to question her kid, Bailey, that, “what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, caught you?” (O’ Connor 2), by asking this concern to Bailey, it would suggest us that the Granny might have some knowledge about this fugitive. Nevertheless, due to the minimal understanding about the Misfit as much as the Grandma would know it from the exterior. We may suggest that narrator is foreshadowing that will ultimately faced the “unknown” person called, The Misfit. Additionally, O’Connor likewise wrote the story in a 3rd person perspective with restricted viewpoint for the Misfit being that as a part of the primary character because story, he does offers some ideas about his actions, objectives and past that made him that way. He stated to the Granny that, “Then it’s nothing for you to do but delight in the couple of minutes you got left the very best method you can-by killing somebody … or doing some other meanness to him. No enjoyment however meanness” (27 ). The Misfit suggests his objectives to kill the Granny; nevertheless, his objective to kill her wasn’t truly known although given his inspiration to hurt and even kill someone however he shows his own ethical material that his ideas are clouded and his desire to hurt or eliminate someone becomes the ulterior intention and displays his volition to kill her the Granny anyways. Thus, it reveals that we can rely on the narrator in this story albeit that the author put the restricted omniscient point of view those two-main character, the Grandmother and the Misfit. As the perspective is exhibited in the story with great deal of point of view, diction is a factor of how the perspective is carried in the discussion of the story.

Aside from the point of view point of view of the story, the diction of the words that character provided the dialogue in the story especially with The Grandmother. O’ Connor’s delivery of the dialogue from the Grandma was deliberate and easy to the point due to the fact that she wants us readers to have more concentrate on the dialogue of the main and supporting characters, instead of the details of the characters. Another function that is extremely distinct in the writing design of Flannery O’Connor is that the way she composes her sentences in the story is rather brief, plain and basic, since it was done deliberately on function to make it basic. For instance, in the middle part of the story, O’Connor composed the description of the granny action as, “The old woman settled herself comfortably, removing her white cotton gloves and putting them up with her bag on the shelf in the front of the back window” (4 ). O’Connor’s writing style is extremely constant and efficient in the story because she wants the storyteller of the story to provide the story in a clean, evident and descriptive way which it compliments her writing of the short story. In addition, besides the diction of the language that was provided in the story, the tone of the diction that is provided in the dialogue of the story is really various and amazing in many short stories. Also, throughout the story itself, the Granny option of words are rather incredible but inflammatory at the same time; although, the Grandma’s choice of words is rather inflammatory, but we need to remember that O’Connor wrote it that type of diction because it was the commonness of talking with the minorities, particularly towards the African-Americans, back in the South during the 1930s and 1940s which racism was an open season. For instance, the Granny states that, “‘Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!’ she said and pointed to a Negro out of the back window” (5 ), the word “pickaninny” is an offensive term for a young black kid and as I stated, O’Connor utilizes this word “pickaninny” carefully and intentionally considering that this was the lingo and terminology that would describe for the Grandma towards this young coloured child. O’Connor’s option of words and diction are really vibrant and unique due to her roots that originate from South which the lingo of words is rather different than most of the American writers. As diction defines the tone of the language and the viewpoint of the story that the author shows in the story. The setting adds to the

The setting of the brief is embeded in the South mainly in the states of Florida and Georgia. The factor the setting was embeded in the South was the background of Flannery O’Connor as an author and the historic situation that was location because time. O’Connor makes some recommendations of the various landmarks such as the Stone Mountains in Georgia. Likewise, in the story John Wesley made a deprecating referral of both states as, “Tennessee is simply a hillbilly disposing ground, and Georgia is a poor state too” (5 ), this would recommend that there is some ill will towards these 2 states that John Wesley would make this deprecating joke since he abhors both Tennessee and Georgia. Another example of the setting that O’Connor shows in the story is in the plantation. The reason she put the Plantation in the story is due to the fact that of two things, one in a historic sense the plantation have a big great deal of land and they have the graveyard along premises of the plantation and 2, the plantation is utilized in the story as a foreshadowing of the Grandmother which it gives us the hint the Grandma would yielded her demise at the premises of the plantation at the hands of the Misfit. O’Connor’s option of setting was so crucial and critical in a sense accomplished the objective of writing the story because it explains about the nature of the setting that was set and represented because specific region of the South. Also, the option of setting in the South was particularly performed in manner in which we as readers should understand that the story was embeded in the 1950s.

Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Guy is Tough to Find”, has surpass on various levels of evaluating the story from the advancement of the character, diction and tone of the language that exists in the narrative and also choice of settings that offers us readers the creativity of what to expect in the story. As readers, we find out different point of views about this story and how it affects our thoughts and understanding that surrounds us. Like the story, “An Excellent Male is Hard to Discover”, we must not befall to the pit of bias which surrenders us to our own dereliction and ultimately fall to our own demise similar to the Grandmother ruined her life in expense of bias and ignorance towards because of being uptight towards herself.

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