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In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the author uses foreshadowing to lead up to the unexpected twist of fate that the family finds when meeting the story’s antagonist “The Misfit.” As columnist in English Language Notes David Piwinski explains, “The murders of the grandmother and her family by the Misfit come as no surprise to the attentive reader, since O’Connor’s story is filled with incidents and details that ominously foreshadow the family’s catastrophic fate” (73). The following passage will explore O’Connor’s usage of foreshadowing in “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” In the beginning of the story O’Connor writes that the grandmother does not wish to go to Florida. (183) In fact the grandmother says everything she can to change the minds of her of family.” (O’Connor 183) The grandmother reads her son Bailey the story of a notorious escaped convict who is supposedly headed to Florida (O’ Connor 183-84). Flannery O’Connor states: “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did” (183). O’Connor mentions that, the grandmother has a private agenda to meet with her connections in Tennessee, and she uses this in an attempt to deter the family away from heading to Florida (184). O’Connor’s usage of foreshadowing the eventual encounter with “The Misfit” is evident by the Grandmother’s attempt to take the family somewhere else besides Florida (183-84). Furthermore, the family’s unwillingness to listen to the Grandmother increases the foreshadowing of futur... ... middle of paper ... ...e grandmother and her family. Although O’Connor uses foreshadowing from the beginning of the story, she never directly reveals the story’s ending. By understanding O’Connor’s usage of foreshadowing, the reader can further understand the development leading toward the story’s climax. Works Cited Link, Alex. “Means, Meaning and Mediated Space in: A Good Man is Hard to Find” Southern Quarterly 44.4 (2007): 125-138. EBSCO Host. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Literature and the Writing Process. Tenth ed. Eds. Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, Robert Funk, and Linda S. Coleman. Boston: Pearson Education Inc. 2014. 183-193. Print. Piwinski, David. “Gone With the Wind in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find: An Anagological Biblical Allusion” English Language Notes 38.4 (June 2001): 73-76 EBSCO Host. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

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