Foreshadowing in A Great Guy is Hard to Find
A Catholic writer from the South, Flannery O’Conner used her work to communicate the decaying spiritual sentiment in individuals of the 1950s. Her short story, “An Excellent Guy is Difficult to Find” followed the basic plot of a household journey, consisting of a couple, their 3 kids and the kids’s grandmother, which ends in the gruesome murder of them all. Throughout the series of events, O’Conner utilizes different techniques of foreshadowing to signal to the reader the upcoming doom that is to follow this household.
The story starts with an announcement of the news of an escaped killer known as the Misfit who had actually been last seen roaming in Florida. Coincidently, the household, headed by the father, Bailey, plans to go on a household journey to Florida. Here, the grandma, who acts as the supreme values cautioner, tries to convince her boy to make a trip to Tennessee instead of Florida where they may have a possible encounter with the serial killer. The remainder of the family disregard her concerns and advance getting ready for the journey. The granny refuses to join them however eventually relents. Nevertheless, throughout the entire car trip, she continually mentions the Misfit, hinting that eventually the climax would consist of the serial killer.
O’Conner likewise utilizes imagery in her words to hint on the macabre of the plot of her story. The granny gowns in her ‘Sunday finest’, keeping in accordance with the tradition of people being worn their finest in their funeral services. It is as if that she has currently resigned to the fate she has actually been appointed. Another example is when the household goes by a cotton field that consists of 5 or six graves throughout the trip. Omitting or consisting of the infant, there are 5 or 6 people in the family. Therefore, through the number of graves, O’Conner stresses on the upcoming death of the household.
As abovementioned at the beginning of the story, the grandmother wanted to go to a few household friends in Tennessee instead of driving down to Florida. Although she was subdued at the start, during the journey, she makes one more effort to evade going to Florida. She recounts the stories of her youth when she resided in that state. She all of a sudden says that they are really near a home she keeps in mind from her past that can be accessed by taking a shortcut down a dirt roadway. The children, now delighted by the possibility of venturing into an old, strange home, scold Bailey into taking the cars and truck down the roadway to the house. It is uncertain if the grandma unconsciously understood and wanted her household to go to East Tennessee however it is noted that she unexpectedly bears in mind that your house remains in that area. This sudden thought is what stuns her and hence, makes her feline leap to Bailey’s lap, causing him to lose control of the automobile. Here, we reach the climax of the story where the mishap leads them to come throughout the Misfit and his guys.
If the grandma had not proposed the idea for taking the dirt road, the Misfit and his gang members would never have slaughtered the family. Thus, by the end of the plot, Flannery O’Conner reveals that the original foreshadowing of the nearing death was not the Misfit, however the granny herself. It is she who leads the family to East Tennessee to be murdered by the serial killer; she is likewise the one to call out for aid, bring in the attention of the escaped prisoner. There is likewise an implication that the males only kill them because the grandmother had actually vocally recognized among the guys to be the Misfit. Therefore, it is she who is the prop of the climax of the story and its homicidal repercussions.
In the middle of the plot, the household visits a dining establishment, called the Tower, for lunch. Although O’Conner does not mention it in the story, it is frequently known that the tower tarot card symbolizes a series of events: a warning, unforeseeable threat, mishap, crisis and a last damage of some kind. Therefore, the name of the restaurant might serve as foreshadowing of the occasions that are to follow consequently.
The owner of the dining establishment, Red Sammy cautions the household that the Misfit may be roaming the area and inquires to take care. He likewise discusses that two men had actually just recently requested for gas on credit and Red Sammy had let them, fearing that they may be working for the serial killer.
It is apparent from the start of the story that the family is dealing with unforeseeable threat considering that they are taking a trip to a place that has let a killer loose. Paradoxically however, they would have had a better shot at security if they had continued their journey instead of venturing on the dirt road to East Tennessee.
There is an accident, triggered by the cat of the granny when it attacks Baily, who is driving the automobile. This triggers a crisis where the cars and truck has actually crashed and the family can not resume on its journey without calling out for help, putting them in the face of danger in the type of the Misfit and his thugs.
This results in the final destruction where the Misfit takes two and three members in a row to shoot them without any sort of compassion or worry of being caught. He saves the grandmother for the last, shooting her thrice and fulfilling her prediction.