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Class differences in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” The story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery begins as a comedy but quickly shifts to a gruesome tale of multiple murders. The author uses the southern dialects of the characters and a little comedy of a southern nature in this story. Marxist criticism offers a unique understanding of the story by comparing the economic class differences of the characters The Grandmother and The Misfit, while it describes a time when money was of utmost importance. The grandmother’s selfishness and over concern about her appearance is a sign of her being of upper class status. She is portrayed as a silly woman, selfish, vain and racially prejudice, all of which are stereotypical characteristic of upper class women. It is very important to her that people would know she was a lady by her hat and her dress in the event that she might die. In the story, the speaker states “…the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collar and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (pp. 1285-1286). The grandmother also says “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you? And “You don’t look like you have common blood, I know you must come from nice people.” implying that The Misfit must come from the upper class and the upper class would not do such a thing as shoot a lady. He obviously does not come from the upper class and this was simply an attempt from the grandmother to save her own life. The Misfit’s p... ... middle of paper ... ...ers and Writers. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. pp.1283-1296 Print. Leonard, Douglas Novich. “Experiencing Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Scriptorium Press Interpretations Vol. 14. No. 2 (Spring 1983). pp. 48-54. Renner, Stanley. “Secular Meaning in A Good Man is Hard to Find.” College Literature Vol. 9, No. 2 (Spring, 1982) pp.123-132. Mitchell, Mark. “The Melancholy Tyrant: Democracy and Tyranny in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Perspectives on Political Science Vol. 34, Issue No. 4 (Fall, 2005) pp.211-216. Curley, Edwin. “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association Vol. 65, Issue No. 3 (Nov., 1991) pp.29-45. Link, Alex. “Means, Meaning, and Mediated Space in A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Southern Quarterly Vol. 44, Issue No. 4 (Summer, 2007) pp.125-138. 14 p.
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