Mary Flannery O'Connor

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Mary Flannery O'Connor Mary Flannery O'Connor was born on March 25, 1925, in Savannah, Georgia. She was an only child. She attended school in Georgia, but did not complete her high school education in Savannah because her family was forced to move to Milledgeville in 1938, after it was discovered that her father had contracted lupus. He died three years later. She attended Peabody High School, and then Georgia State College for Women. She dropped her first name, and became simply Flannery O'Connor prior to her writing career. Flannery O' Connor did not limit herself to any certain style when it came to literature. In addition, she had extensive knowledge of the Bible. She always tried to use the Bible as a source for her beliefs and ideas. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a story about a family from Georgia, consisting of two children, a mother, a father, and a grandmother, who brings along her cat. They are on vacation, driving to Florida. The grandmother, the central character of the story, is a bitter, closed-minded old woman who does not desire to go to Florida, but rather Tennessee. The family turns off of the main road, because the grandmother demands that she must see a house that she is sure is right down the road. After realizing, a few miles down the road, that the house in question is in Tennessee, and not Georgia, the grandmother gets upset, the cat jumps up, and they end up wrecking the car. The grandmother insures their doom, when they are aided by a group of men who pull up, and she blurts out that one of the men is the Misfit, a convict with no regard for human life. The family is led into the woods and killed. The grandmother is the last to be killed. The grandmother tries to talk her way out of the situation but she fails. This is a story that examines religion, right and wrong, and society as a whole. The most profound point that this story makes is that while a good man is indeed hard to find, a truly evil one is just as rare. It is in the context of this history that O'Connor's writing begins to assume clearer meaning. O'Connor spent her late childhood years in the midst of the Depression, and was undoubtedly affected by the increasing Southern dialect and loneliness she saw in the rural communities she was so familiar with.
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