By the title, “A Great Male Is Tough to Find”, a reader would not suspect what the story is truly about. One may assume that Flannery O’Connor’s short story is about finding love perhaps, instead of ethical, murders, and convicts. Contrarily, the meaning of this story is even much deeper than the naked eye can expose. Throughout Flannery O’Connor’s narrative, “A Great Male is Tough to Discover” a manipulative setting, results in supremacy over the other characters in the story; additionally, causing symbolic animalistic characteristics, producing a profound significance of hypocritical elements.
The monkey provided in the story represents the animalistic nature of humans. The monkey represents the persistent, bias, and shallow views of individuals of the time period in the quote, “… a gray monkey about a foot high, chained to a chinaberry tree, chattered nearby.
The monkey bounced back into the tree and got to the highest limb as soon as he saw the kids jump out of the car and run toward him.”(O’Connor 325) The animal is chained to represent the limitations to the views the characters like the Granny and Red Sam believe. When somebody poses animal-like characteristics, humans totally control their environment that our social structures have actually become environments unto themselves. Animals learn to act exactly like their moms and dads as they grow to adulthood; in addition, once the animal is an adult, it has the habits, concepts, and intentions of the moms and dads that will never change and will pass those qualities on to the next generation.
This corresponds with the Grandmother and the story, with her children and grandchildren; for example, when a person is the most dominant character in the family, the inferior ones follow behind comprehending the beliefs of the control character.
The Granny’s immutable ways make her the dominant character in the allegory. It is composed in the story, “. The old lady settled herself easily, removing her white cotton gloves.
The children’s mom still had on slacks and still her head tied in a green kerchief, however the
grandma had on a navy blue straw sailor hat. a navy blue gown with a small white dot in the print. In case of an accident, anybody seeing her dead on the highway would understand at the same time that she was a girl …” (O’Connor 323) It makes the reader wonder that, why was she dressed so dressy for a prolonged drive in a confined cars and truck? For one, this declaration is likewise an example of foreshadowing. Later on in the story, when she is held at gun point, she continuously recites “I understand you would not shoot a girl!” Paradoxically, she got what she wanted due to the fact that when people find her dead, she will be dressed like a woman. The clothing she is wearing likewise tells about her disposition. The recommendations to the navy, for example navy blue hat, indicates that she was strong and imperious like the navy.
In the future in the story, sadly causing their death, she uses her prideful strategies to get where she wants to go using the children’s interest. “. She knew that Bailey would not want to lose at any time taking a look at an old house, however the more she spoke about it, the more she wanted to see it when again and learn if the little twin arbors were still standing.
‘There was a secret panel in this house,’ she said craftily, not telling the fact but wishing that she were, ‘and the story went that all the family silver was concealed in it when Sherman came through but it was never ever found’…” (O’Connor 327) The Granny purposely says something incorrect to guarantee the children will encourage their daddy into going there. She knew this was a lie and she understood that she was not going to talk Bailey into it single-handily.
The only method possible was to manipulate the kids through making use of their enjoyment and interest to control over her kid. The grandmother manipulates all of the characters other than the Misfit who turns the tables on the granny in the end. She tries to make the found guilty feel much better about himself by conveying, “‘Yes, it’s a beautiful day,” said the grandma. ‘Listen,’ she stated, ‘you should not call yourself The Misfit due to the fact that I know you’re a good male at heart. I can simply look at you and inform.'” (O’Connor 330) The Grandmother understands of the crimes this guy has dedicated. She thinks she can control him the method she does Bailey however the man can notice this the whole time.
The Granny utilizes manipulation by stating that the Misfit is a good guy so he can believe that he is a great guy deep down inside and spare the lives of the family. In addition, the granny has a hypocritical viewpoint, which makes using religion as an adjustment tool goes totally incorrect. She questions her faith in the quote,” ‘Possibly He didn’t raise the dead,’ the old woman mumbled …” (O’Connor 334) The grandma is humbled as she sees that she has actually lost the fight. She is now inferior to the Misfit unlike in the beginning, where she stood prior to him; now she sits faintly on the ground appreciating the convict.
The Grandma could be questioning her faith as if saying “How could God do this to me?” or the line could be suggesting that she did not have very much faith at all. At this point in the narrative; it seems as if the Misfit has more faith than she does. She attempts to restore her dominance in the quote,” ‘Why you are among my children. You are among my own children!’ She connected and touched him on the shoulder.
The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had actually bitten him and shot her 3 times through the chest.” (O’Connor 334) It is as if he has actually encountered something extremely threatening. It is hypocritical because a snake is usually related to evil or “enemy of man” like the scriptural story of Adam and Eve. It represents how real excellent appears to genuine evil.
To conclude, this story has many points that you have to examine in between the lines. Generally, the story has to do with a woman with an aggressive character that has to die to be restored down to size. The author communicates this meaning through making use of meaning, dominance, manipulation, and hypercriticism.