A Good Man is Hard to Find: The Past is Unattainable

In Flannery O’Connor’s story A Great Guy is Difficult to Find the title shows the altering times and how gradually from the granny’s perspective, the future is rather different from the past; in which the grandmother believes that the past presented people with a much easier lifestyle and the future is not as decadent and is too complicated. The title also describes the interchange in between the grandma and the Misfit at the end of the story.

The Misfit is a man who was has just recently left from jail.

When the grandmother and the Misfit satisfy up on a back road after the granny’s family has actually been in an automobile damage the Misfit and his gang look after the household, with the Misfit eliminating the grandmother last. The title of the book bears importance to this in a foreshadowing way because the suitables that the grandmother tries to support and use to the Misfit bear no importance in reality; for her, the title indicates that the past is unattainable; a good guy is hard to find methods that the world is altering quickly and her referral towards life is dated.

For the Misfit the reader can foreshadow how the title connotes his youth and how he merely was borne bad which the things of a great guy being difficult to find entails the psycho-socio-balance that can not exist appropriately in any guy seemingly. Additionally, the title foreshadows in such a way how the world has lapsed in faith; both the grandmother and the Misfit have an absence of faith in anything, and as O’Connor has written the story she adds in her touch of character, “If you would hope,” the old woman said, “Jesus would assist you.

” “That’s right,” The Misfit stated. “Well then, why don’t you pray?” she asked shivering with pleasure suddenly. “I do not want no hep,” he said. “I’m doing all right by myself.” (O’Connor A Good Man is Difficult to Find 11). Thus, when the Misfit admits that he likes who is, or at least does not want to go around changing who he is, it is O’Connor’s omission that there is no such thing as a saint, as an excellent male and thus the motivation for the title is discovered, and all of the foreshadowing can be discovered in this title for the reader.

The style of the book is development; development from a former state of being to a later state of being which is revealed succinctly with the vehicle trip, the drive down the country road to a home which does not exist because state and finally with the family facing their death at the handgun end of the Misfit and his gang. It is through this style of progression that the reader may also indicate foreshadowing since with this development, the family can not anticipate to remain the same, and since the grandmother is a character so set in her ways, the only way for her to alter in the story is through death.

This theme of development goes into detail with the characterization of the Misfit. The Misfit, like the grandmother denies the style of development, which is likewise a foreshadowing in the story as the reader knows the Misfit’s character will not alter and therefore, will kill the household, since if he does not kill the household it signifies progression and modification. While the granny sticks wholeheartedly to the past, the Misfit does this also. The granny changes by passing away and the Misfit remains the very same by killing the grandmother and the family.

I call myself The Misfit,” he stated, “because I can’t make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in penalty.” (O’Connor An Excellent Man is Difficult to Discover 11). Therefore, the Misfit is specifying that his future does not match his expectations, and his development as a person has actually stalled and his stuck being the Misfit which by the way is a name he designed and applied to himself to further exemplify that he is without advancement and certainly, as represented in O’Connor’s story a man without hope of change.

O’Connor’s story consequently permits the reader to discover that what the grandma and Misfit’s real crime is that they fear modification and therefore that is their sin. O’Connor’s story is a tale told about redemption; or rather the lack of redemption. Neither the grandmother nor the Misfit feel morally remiss about their actions or their attitude towards things, such as criminal offense and killing for the Misfit and bigotry and prejudices for the grandmother. By permitting these characters to be recalcitrant toward the style of progression she is making the characters human which is seldom performed in novels or narratives.

O’Connor’s technique to characterization produces the story to have a great deal of gumption in its composing design and subject. By consisting of the ‘dirtier’ side of life, such as predispositions and murdering O’Connor is permitting the story to form within a paradigm of humankind which need to by its nature be inclusive of both excellent and bad, and O’Connor is an expert in the writing of the yin and yang as it were.

Work Cited O’Conner, Flannery. A Great Man is Difficult to Find. Harvest Books, New York City. 1977.

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