“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”: Exist any Words That are Unfamiliar

* Re-read the Story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, following the “Re-Reading Fiction Tips” above. Respond to the following concerns:

Are there any details that were freshly acknowledged throughout this reading or that you discover tie in with earlier ones? I gained a better visual of the car the family was riding in while re-reading the story. I didn’t comprehend they were in a vehicle, I had actually imagined the household riding in a station wagon. I likewise became aware of the reality that at the end of the story The Misfit picks up the cat after it had been tossed from the car and the grandmother had actually been eliminated.

If apparent, what significance does the title hold, and in what possible methods is it lined to the actions and the characters? The recommendation of an excellent man was seen throughout the entire story. I think in contrast there is significance between the concept of an excellent guy like Red Sammy versus a character like The Misfit is a direct representation of Excellent and Evil.

Exist any words that are unfamiliar, and how does understanding what they indicate make a difference in re-reading the story? Valise (luggage), Sachet (handbag), Ambling (saunter: to walk leisurely). Understanding the meaning of these terms enabled me to better understand the look of the grandmother and the setting within the cars and truck.

What is striking about the first sentence and the first paragraph of the story? Likewise, what stands out about the last paragraph and the last sentence of the story? The first sentence was permits the reader to understand what the grandmother’s tone was. The first paragraph presented the grandmother & & her kid. I was not extremely particular of the meaning of the last sentence however I took it as The Misfit stating that killing is not enjoyable. I discovered that as a contradiction to what he stated about the bible stating there is just being good or being wicked.

Exist any details/parts of the story that do not appear required or appear insignificant? What do you believe might be the purpose for these insignificant parts? I did not understand the need in the granny wanting to track the cars and truck mileage. It made no sense to me at all and would not have actually impacted how I read or re-read the story.

* Listen to the Audio Recording “Flannery O’Connor Checks Out ‘An Excellent Male is Tough to Discover'” (1959 ). Then, address the following concerns:

How does knowing more about Flannery O’ Conner’s life and work, especially her earlier artistic undertakings from the NPR Portrait, notify your reading of the story? From reading about her life it appeared like Flannery O’Conner constantly utilized cynical humor in her cartoons and stories. She appeared to be an emotionally “dark” person. Knowing this before I check out the story might have assisted me lower my expectations for a pleased ending.

How did you discover the experience of listening to Flannery O’Conner reading her story aloud to a live audience? Did you expect the audience to react when and as they did, and did you share their response as you followed along? Did you acquire any new insights about the story, and any of its components or details, from listening to the O’Conner’s oral discussion of it in the recording?

I felt that by listening to Flannery O’Conner read this story aloud I had the ability to end up being more emotionally connected to this story. The humor was very evident in the reading however did not draw out a verbal response from me. I did find myself chuckling aloud once or twice when I was listening to the reading. I found the one information that I had not observed in the previous reading was that The Misfit kept the cat at the end of the story.

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How early in the story does O’Conner foreshadow what will occur in the end?
I believe the first circumstances of foreshadowing of crossing courses was presented in numerous paragraphs. However the first circumstances existed in the first paragraph.

What more tips does she offer us along the way?
It discusses The Misfit and that he was headed to Florida. In the 5th and 6th paragraphs also, foreshadowing is touched on when John Wesley was asked what he would do if captured by The Misfit.

There are also circumstances that hint about the family entering into a mishap. In paragraph 10 the author wrote that the granny dressed as a lady in case they remained in a mishap so that others would understand she was a lady (which in truth ended up being truth because The Misfit noted her as a lady due to the fact that of her clothes).

I believe that death was mentioned in the 8th paragraph in a more symbolic. The grandma feared the death of the cat and it was since of the cat that the entire family (with exception of the feline) ended up dying in the end.

How does the scene at Red Sammy’s BBQ advance the story toward its conclusion?
Personally I do not think it does at all. I feel like it was unnecessary.

When we first fulfill the granny, what type of person is she?
From my reading I concerned the conclusion the grandma was extremely self-centered.

What do her different remarks reveal about her?
It looks like she always spoke up when she wanted to get her own way.

Does she remain a static character, or does she alter in any way as the story goes on?
I think she stays a static character throughout the whole story. She begins as a selfish character that is out to get what she desires and in the end (although for a moment you see her as a hurt parent) she still is stating whatever she can to save herself.

When the grandma’s head clears for an instant, what does she unexpectedly comprehend? She comprehends that she has made a big error. The plantation she had actually been discussing remained in an entirely different state and instead of speaking up and informing her son she kept the believed to herself because she didn’t wish to be held responsible for her mistake.

What do we gain from the conversation in between The Misfit and the granny while the others head out to the woods? You discover The Misfit’s family history, his belief in Jesus and you learn that The Misfit believe that no matter the bad deed you eventually ignore what you did.

How would you explain The Misfit’s outlook on the world?
He has a very black and white view. In the story The Misfit states,” If He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do however thow away whatever and follow Him, and if He didn’t, then it’s nothing for you to do but take pleasure in the few minutes you got left the best meanness to him. No satisfaction however meanness”. I read that as his belief that by the Bible you either did exactly what it said to do or you served as an Anarchist.

Compare it with the author’s, from whatever you learn about Flannery O’Connor and the story itself. I think Flannery O’Connor may have had a darker view on life however not one as wicked as the Misfit.

How would you react to a reader who complained, “The title of the story is just an apparent platitude”?
I would state that conclusion could just be reached after checking out the story. When you take a look at the title there are a lot of paths that the story could have taken to make it an apparent declaration about the contents of the story.

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