Dark humor plays an important role in O’Connor’s novels. Instead of simply stating the character’s cruelty in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” O’Connor chooses to reveal it through the use of dark humor. As the Misfit shoots the grandmother he thinks that she could be a decent person, “if it had been somebody to shoot her every minute of her life” (“AGMIHTF”, 6). This is cruelly funny, since th woman spends her while life being a self-conceded person, but it is only when the grandmother is face-to-face with death, that she gains the ability to become a nice person. Additionally, in “Good Country People” dark humor is used to reveal Christian hypocrisy. The woman realizes that the “nice dull man that tried to sell [her] a bible yesterday” (“Good Country People,” 291), is the same one who is now seducing Hulga. The same man who praises God in front of the townspeople, is now stealing a woman’s prosthetic leg, and taking advantage of Hulga. Furthermore, dark humor is present in “Revelation” when Mary Grace calls Mrs. Turnip an “old wart hog” (“Revelation,” 21). The comparison between the lady who believes she is the most beautiful to an ugly pig, is cruelly humorous, but the purpose of this joke, is to draw attention to Mrs. Turnip’s horrible and self-conceded personality.
Aside from gothic humor, O’Connor is widely renowned for her ironic...
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... for grace in Mrs. Turnip’s life for her to become aware of the ugliness that lies beneath her beautiful face, and clean skin. Furthermore, symbolism is a significant element in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” The Misfit arrives in “a big black bettered hearse-like automobile” (“AMIHTF,” 6). The car designed to carry coffins, indicates and symbolizes the family’s death, and all the others that the Misfit murders.
In conclusion, O’Connor’s style of writing is ironic, humorous, and symbolic. All three short stories mentioned, consist of different styles that add depth to the narrative, and help create a better understanding of the story’s message. Dark humor draws the reader’s attention to what’s important, while symbolism signifies the important aspect of the story. However, O’Connor’s ironic style of writing helps readers realize the true identity of the character.
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