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The Mother in A Good Man is Hard to Find

The Mother in A Good Man is Hard to Find

Thesis: The children's mother is a lonesome young woman with out love and affection from her closest family, and the only one who talks to her with respect is the Misfit.

I. Critics have agreed mostly when they have tried to analyze the grandmother and the Misfit.

A. Stephen C. Bandy and Kathleen G. Ochshorn try in separate occasions to analyze the final scene between the grandmother and the Misfit.

B. Michell Owens shows how the grandmother has dealt with her changing social order.

C. Gary Sloan analyzes the Misfit behavior.

D. C. R. Kropf tries to analyze the grandmother and the Misfit.

II. Critics disagree in very few cases, except where Flannery O'Connor got her influence when writing the story, and which animals the characters look and behave like.

A. Work by other authors compared to "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

1. Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet show the influence from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales."

2. Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet show that "A Good Man is Hard to Find," is to be found in Yeats's poems.

3. William J. Scheick compares similarities between "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and G.K. Chesterton's "Manalive."

4. Doyle W. Walls shows the connections between Matthew 25:31-43 and the grandmothers remark to the little black boy.

B. Characters in Flannery O'Connor "A Good Man is Hard to Find," are often compared to animals and their behavior.

1. Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet compare the setting and characters to a jungle.

2. Terry Thompson analyzes the Misfit as an doodlebug.

C. Hallman B. Bryant tries to shed light on some small...

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Owens, Mitchell. "The Function of Signature in: A Good Man is Hard to Find." Studies in Short Fiction. 33 (1): 101-106. Winter, 1990.

Scheick, William J. "Flannery O'Connor 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' and G. K. Chesterston's 'Manalive'." Studies in American Fiction. 11(2): 241-245.

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Sloan, Gary. "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Expilicator. 57(2):118-120. Winter, 1999.

Thompson, Terry. "Doodlebug, Doodlebug: The Misfit in 'A Good Man is Hard to Find'." Notes on Contemporary Literature. 17(4):8-9. Sept., 1997.

Walls, Doyle W. "A Good Man is Hard To Find." Explicator. 46(2):46-45. Winter, 1988.
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