O’Connor, in response to her critics keep in mind that a particular quantity of the significance “An Excellent Guy is Tough to Discover” lies in its energy in terms of mentor as well as in literary analysis.
However, in relation to this previously mentioned utility, O’Connor likewise keeps in mind that the text ought to not be minimized to “a problem to be solved” to the extent that it is treated as something which one evaporates in order “to get Instantaneous Knowledge” (Fitzgerald 23).
In line with this, what follows is an analysis of the aforementioned text [O’Connor’s “A Great Man is Difficult to Find”] which decides to minimize the amount of ‘evaporation’ of the text for the purpose of literary analysis.
In this paper, I will concentrate on the locations which were specified within the text. The factors for this are as follows: (1) locations specified within the text serve to foreshadow the occasions in the text and (2) areas defined within the text serve to enhance the theme of the text.
In reading the previously mentioned text, one of the first things that might noticed in the text, itself is the sensible setting of the story. The story is set in the state of Georgia. In the opening scene, one is presented with a household from Atlanta quarrelling about their vacation plans. The quarrel comes from the grandma’s opposition of the household’s choice to take their vacation in Florida.
The reason for such an opposition depends on the extremely probable perilous conditions in Florida itself since it has been reported that a found guilty which “calls himself The Misfit” is heading towards the exact same direction [that being Florida]
It is essential to note that during the matter of this quarrel, the reader exists with the preliminary details of the household’s travel [getaway so to speak] and the mileage that they will cover which will later on tie up with the other information in the later part of the story. What follows this is a beautiful description of Georgia in the eyes of this household.
In this description of the locations which the household passes, it is fascinating to note that the household selects to have lunch in a location called Timothy in Georgia. What is of interest here is that instead of Stone Mountain, Jasper, and other places that they go by there is no recognized particular area in Georgia called Timothy [understood in the sense that it has a location in the map] The question therefore develops as to O’Connor’s rationale for positioning the location within the story.
In response to this Asals notes that this is because of the heretical status of this family. According to Asals, one might conceive of the place [Asals] as relating to the gospel of Timothy which talks about “the opposition of incorrect teaching; the organization of the church and facility of ecclesiastical guidelines; and admonitions which indicate how to be an excellent resident and Christian” (76 ).
The significance of such, in relation to the story, might be comprehended if one considers the heretical condition of the abovementioned family. The heretical condition is evident in the opposition of the grandmother’s carriage and her actions throughout the period of her youth.
O’Connor, in this sense, may be seen as portraying the parallel between her characters who have actually left the tenets of Christian faith and Paul’s cautioning to those who commit such actions.
Within this context, it is thereby possible to comprehend O’ Connor’s work [particularly the abovementioned text] as making it possible for a certain type of locationality which opts to counter the “rationalistic, materialistic, and humanistic thought” which pervaded during her time.
This is best understood if one thinks about the aforementioned analysis in relation to her warning [regarding the evaporation resulting from “Instantaneous Enlightenment”]
Within this context, it is possible to posit that within a materialistic [in a sense on a world extremely grounded on realism] the option of the course in which one picks has a direct impact on the meaningfulness of one’s earthly life [in the exact same way in which The Misfit took hold of the household]
Asals, Frederick and Flannery O’Connor. An Excellent Guy is Tough to Discover. London: Rutgers, 1993.
O’Connor, Flannery. “A Great Guy is Tough to Discover”. A Great Male is Hard to Find and Other Stories.
Fitzgerald, Sally, ed. The Practice of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor. By Flannery O’Connor. New York City: Farrar, 979.