Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Revelation

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Southern gothic is a type of literature that focuses on the harsh conflicts of violence and racism, which is observed in the perspective of black and white individuals. Some of the most familiar southern authors are William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Cormac McCarthy. One author in particular, Flannery O’Connor, is a remarkable author, who directly reflects upon southern grotesque within her two short stories, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Revelation.” These two short stories are very similar to each other, which is why I believe that O’Connor often writes with violent characters to expose real violence in the world while tying them in with a particular spiritual insight. The first short story that O’Connor refers to with southern grotesque and violence is in “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” In this short story, O’Connor depicts a violent character to the reader known as ‘The Misfit.’ The Misfit can be described as a distorted, violent character that questions the true meaning of life and his role within it. The Misfit uses the anger that he possesses inside of him as a form of violence, and this is why he is known to be a wanted murderer, ever since he escaped from the penitentiary. This Misfit was put into the penitentiary when he was accused of murdering his own father, which might have been a lie based upon the head-doctors accusations. O’Connor reveals violence in a very peculiar way and this is based upon the struggle of living in a world where finding a good man is hard to find in our society. O’Connor proves this theory with two characters, the Misfit and grandmother. The grandmother is defined by her self-centered qualities, and her Christian influences from God. The grandmother first acknowledges the wanted Misfit... ... middle of paper ... ...lacks in white robes, along with her and Claud standing besides them” (34). This epiphany was a wake up call for Mrs. Turpin, and this identified the importance to her that everyone is viewed as equal in Gods eyes, no matter how poor, murderous, or prosperous an individual may be. O’Connor powerfully made the reader realize that having an epiphany opens up our mind to a clearer insight, and this was seen with the grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and Mrs. Turpin in “Revelation.” Nonetheless, O’Connor also created characters that obtained a certain type of violence deep within their personality to show the importance of real life experiences within our society. These two short stories show a great amount of emotion and life lessons towards the reader, and O’Connor successfully conveyed her point while using her powerful Southern gothic writing technique.

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  • Explains that southern gothic literature focuses on the harsh conflicts of violence and racism observed in the perspective of black and white individuals. flannery o'connor reflects upon southern grotesque in her two short stories, "a good man is hard to find" and "revelation."
  • Analyzes how o'connor depicts a violent character in "a good man is hard to find." the misfit uses anger to question the true meaning of life and his role within it.
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