A Good Man Is Hard to Find By Flannery O’Connor Paper Summary

Courtney BarnesPage 1 Introduction to Lit. Prof. Rupp Feb 18 2013 You’ve Got Good Blood Literary Analysis of “An Excellent Male is Tough to Discover” By Flannery O’Connor “You have actually got great blood.

” “I understand you originate from good people,( 504) wept the granny. “Hope! “( 505) she pleads utilizing grace and religious beliefs to plead to the much better nature of what she thinks is still an excellent guy. The story “A Good Male is Hard to Find” has to do with a household on trip to Florida. The family takes a detour down a dirt roadway to look at an old plantation home that the grandma narrates about.

She explains your house in such an interesting manner in which most of the family is very excited to see it. However en route the grandma recognizes that the house isn’t in Georgia at all but in truth in Tennessee, where she was yearning to go rather of Florida. This startles her and she begins knocking things around and the feline jumps out of the basket landing on Bailey’s neck triggering the car accident that leaves them stranded on the lonely roadway. When a passing car stops to assist the grandma quickly acknowledges one of the men as “The Misfit”, a hazardous male who has actually escaped from prison.

The granny confronts him and he tells her “It probably would have been much better for your household if you had actually not acknowledged me at all lady. “( 504) While the Page 2 Grandmother and the Misfit have a discussion about being an excellent guy and how even a guy who has actually turned bad can in reality be great again, the two guys that came with the Misfit start breaking apart the family into small groups taking them into the woods to be shot and killed. While her family is being murdered in the woods behind her the Grandmother is pleading for her dear life yelling “I understand you wouldn’t shoot a lady! (507) She continued on speaking with the Misfit knowing her family was being extremely killed, trying to encourage him back to a good guy. She asks him what he did to go to jail in the very first place and he tells her he don’t remember, but they tell him that he eliminated his papa and they must be right due to the fact that they have the papers to prove it. As he goes on describing what has actually taken place to him and what they done to him the reader thinks that he was wrongfully convicted. The Granny goes on telling him to hope, hope, hope. If you would pray” “Jesus would assist you” (507) She goes on informing the Misfit that God has the power to fix things and to bring people back from the dead. She worries over and over again during the time of their conversation the importance and power of prayer. If you dig deeper into the meaning of the story you can also see that the Grandmother is also pleading and wishing her own forgiveness and life. After all it is her fault that her families fate had actually become this. The outcome of the story was all repercussion of the direct actions of the Granny.

If she had not recommended visiting the old plantation and comprised things to lure the family to wish to go then they never would have been on that road. If she wouldn’t have brought the cat the mishap wouldn’t have actually taken place and if she would not have actually spoken of recognizing Page 3 “The Misfit” killer then he wouldn’t have actually eliminated her and her family. She unknowingly led her household to their terrible deaths. In the story the Grandma is however naturally the prominent character. By showing imperfections in her character the author shows the biased property of grace that she has.

The Grandmother is portrayed as a normal southern lady of this age. She even dresses extremely advanced for a vehicle trip. She wishes to make sure she is recognized as a lady. If she remained in an accident “anybody seeing her dead on the highway would understand at the same time she was a girl.” The primary style of the story is religious beliefs. The plot means to represent the spiritual grace passed from one human being to another with no regard to compassion or evil at all. You get a clear understanding of this in how the Granny misinterprets the word “great”. Grace is plainly used when the Grandmother state’s to the misfit “why you are one of my babies.

You are among my own children! “( 508) This was utilized to reveal him and get him to understand that they are both people. The Grandmother believes that since the Misfit is an excellent male that he can not shoot a woman, his conscience simply won’t allow it. This is where she misinterprets “great”. The Granny is the picture of blind faith that numerous people operate daily from. She beliefs with all her soul that someplace in this man is great if she digs deep adequate she can bring it out in him. In spite of all the bad things he has actually done, even in killing her family she attract the good side of him.

Page 4 We all wish to belief in the good of humanity. In the face of wicked it’s that extremely hope and belief that restore the balance of good to evil in the world. The story focuses on Christian beliefs and values portrays sin and penalty, belief and shock, excellent and evil. The Granny is agent of good and godliness. She recollects on how times were good in her younger days and you could rely on people The Misfit represents evil. At one point he signifies himself with Christ as they were both penalized for criminal offenses they did not devote.

Christ died for the sins of others; however the Misfit killed innocent people. The kids in the story likewise play a highlight function that you have to pay very close attention in order to capture. They are the sign of the breakdown of respect and discipline of future generations. In a manner the story foreshadows into the way the world will be if we do not teach our kids respect for people and heritage. The Grandmother also plays a foreshadowing role when she warns her family of the Misfit and his criminal offenses, “here this fellow calls himself the Misfit is a loose from the Federal Pen and headed to Florida. (497 )… giving the reader the first hint that the family will eventually face the Misfit. Page 5 The author’s symbolism throughout the story represents faith/lack of, and death. When the household stray’s from the course in which they set out on where they become murdered symbolizes how individuals often stray from their faith in Jesus. Even the town “Toombsboro” is a symbol of death. The graveyard on the plantation is a concrete symbol of death. “It was a huge black battered hearselike auto,” signifies death has shown up.

The author brings the reader to the conclusion that contemporary society is considerably altering for the even worse. Every day we see the evil growing and dominating in our society. And in the story the author suggests that if everyone would discover Jesus our society would when again run on Christian morals, worths and beliefs. If we teach our children about spirituality and regard while holding them to the up most standards we would be repairing the future of our country. Works Mentioned” An Excellent Male is Difficult to Discover” Flannery O’Connor/ Literature and its writers 6th edition 1955

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