Great and Evil– A Great Guy is Tough to Discover
The twist and turns of “A Great Male Is Hard to Find” leave the reader perplexed and riveted, relaying that the utmost idea went into the overview of the story. The author leaves the readers awaiting great to dominate wicked but never lets them have their desired ending as many stories do which is what gives this story its interesting draw. In “A Good Man is Difficult to Discover” Flannery O’Connor utilizes literary methods such as disputes, foreshadowing, imagery, simile, and paradox to create eccentric characters and a twisted plot.
In “A Great Male is Hard to Discover,” there are a few eccentric characters who are in continuous conflict. The granny, as all other grandmothers, can run an individual’s ear into the ground with her eccentric views and aimless ramblings. She is never ever direct and spins her conversations into long detailed stories. Her inability to stop talking is what winds up getting her killed (959 ). Every now and then there is peace and quiet, however not that frequently. Bailey her kid frequently reveals discontent for his mom. She obviously gets on his nerves, but there is probably still like for her although the story never rather expresses it.
The children wonder why the granny came along, but they know she would not have stayed at your home even if she could have been “‘queen for a day'” (948 ). The grandmother’s clothing makes her stick out as a prominent old woman so much that if she were to be found dead on the side of the road, individuals would simultaneously acknowledge that she is a girl (948 ). The reader can inform the grandmother is from the South and was reared in a less racially tolerant neighborhood. She utilizes several negative declarations and jokes throughout “A Good Guy is Difficult to Discover.
She makes one joke about a pumpkin on somebody’s porch with the initials E. A. T. carved in it, and the little young boy’s being ignorant, ate the pumpkin that was planned for her. (949 ). She also uses derogatory terms such as “nigger” and “pickaninny” (949 ). Grandmother in her old-South methods does not realize she is being politically inaccurate. The Misfit, another primary character, is sort of threatening, but constantly there in the back of the reader’s mind. The characters oftentimes joke about him as would any normal individuals, however this time all of it overtakes the family (958-959).
As the Misfit is speaking with the grandmother, and she’s asking if he would shoot an old lady, he digs a hole with the point of his shoe and covers it up as if saying no while indicating yes. This action was sort hinting at their imminent burial (955 ). The Misfit blatantly states that he might not have had much better moms and dads, however he simply ended up that method. As the grandma continually attempts to plead her way out with money, the Misfit requires his henchmen to stroll Bailey and his kid out into the woods where two gunshots follow (956 ).
The Misfit likewise mentions that he is not a good guy although the grandmother is insisting that he is, saying he does not look like he has “a drop of typical blood” in him (956 ). The reader can nearly think that the Misfit is going to let the granny go till he puts 3 in her chest for touching him. She goes totally senile stating that he was one of her own (958 ). The story leaves that scene approximately interpretation. O’Connor utilizes literary strategies such as imagery, foreshadowing, and paradox.
The story has a quite a bit of imagery such as explaining the view out the cars and truck windows. Trees had plenty of silver-white sunshine and the meanest of them sparkled” (948-949). Also the ride out on the dirt roadway had scenes of imagery. They turned onto the dirt road and the car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust. The dirt road was uneven and there were abrupt washes in it and sharp curves on dangerous embankments. All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, and then the next minute, they would be in a red anxiety with the dust-coated trees looking down on them.
Foreshadowing is another main element. One example appears when the grandma is talking to Bailey specifying that she would not take her kids anywhere that there is such a psychopathic killer on the loose (947 ). Later on as the grandma is speaking with John Wesley, she asks what he would do if he ever did encounter the Misfit. He replies, “I ‘d smack his face” (948 ). As the family is riding, they see a big cotton field with five or 6 tombs fenced in the middle of it “like a little island” (932 ).
This simile represents a sense of foretold death. Further into the story, the grandmother is pleading for her life pleading to provide every dime she has, however The Misfit states, “There never ever was a body that offers the undertaker a suggestion”( 952 ), foreshadowing the granny’s unavoidable death. Another example of foreshadowing is the trip down the dirt road. It predicts of a trip to hell. The dirt road was uneven and there were abrupt washes in it and sharp curves on hazardous embankments.
All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, and after that the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them (952 ). As the Misfit arrives in his car, it is as if death himself shows up. The lorry was a huge black battered hearse-like car. It comes to a stop just over them, and for some minutes, the driver looks down with a stable expressionless gaze to where they were sitting, however he does not speak (954 ).
The granny asks the Misfit if he would truly shoot a woman, and after that he says: “I would dislike to need to” (955 ). This predicts the death of the granny when again. O’Connor also utilizes irony in “A Good Guy is Tough to Find.” One example is when she is very first describing the grandmother. She is stating she was dressed as if anyone seeing her dead on the highway would understand simultaneously she was a woman. Also when they pass the graveyard, it is not only a foreshadowing of their death, but likewise the 5 graves represent the number of people they had in the vehicle, minus the feline.
Moreover, the cat is likewise paradoxical. The animal was thrown out of the window, but it reveals back up in the end rubbing on the Misfit’s legs. “Take her off and throw her where you threw the others,” he stated, picking up the cat that was rubbing itself against his leg (959 ). The granny is compared to the cat. Bailey tossed the feline out the window, and the Misfit’s assistants throw the grandma into the woods. Likewise the family is having a conversation about the Misfit at Red Sammy’s, which is ironic due to the fact that it is not long afterward that they really meet the left found guilty (951 ).
Likewise the Misfit’s take on the granny is ironic when he mentions that “she would have been a great woman had she had someone there to shoot her every minute of her life” (955 ). All of O’Connor’s devices improve the general plot. “A Great Man is Tough to Find” retells a story of all the evil in this world and how hard it is to find a great individual. By creating strong characters and using figurative language and literary techniques, O’Connor leaves the reader with a story that is filled with twists and turns. The story shows that in time of requirement there is no one other than a black hearse and a bullet in the head to save a person.