Theme Of Irony In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Flannery O’Connors’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is filled with irony. Verbal, dramatic, and cosmic, without irony of these kinds, this short story would not be as powerful as it is. O’Connor’s use of several different kinds of irony helps in communicating a strong message about humans and human condition and to successfully engage her readers.
Firstly, there is verbal irony at the very beginning of the story. The grandmother is presented to us as someone who thinks very highly of herself and needs the rest of the world to think highly of her as well. She is controlling and speaks her mind and is clearly a pain to the rest of her family. As the family discusses their plans to go down to Florida, the grandmother says “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” (O’Connor, 1). This is verbal irony because it is actually what she ends up doing. Because of her need to be dressed like a lady and her need to bring a along Pitty Sing, and her insistence on visiting the old plantation, she actually lead her child and her grandchildren right into the hands of the Misfit. This irony adds a lot to the story. It helps us understand O’Connor’s Grandmother character better and allows us to wonder about this character more. It also allows the reader to uncover certain discrepancies about the truth, like the author is trying to hint something to the readers. Without verbal irony of this kind, the events that happen later in the story wouldn’t be as ironic and the story wouldn’t have as much meaning.
Another form or irony found through out the pages of Flannery O’Connor’s short story is dramatic irony. This irony occurs at the very end of the story, when the...

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...hese characters we better and more pure, bad things would might have not happened to them like they did. In this situation, cosmic irony is used to show how someone’s fate can be decided by the life decisions they make. It was only destiny that brought the Misfit and the family together.
To conclude, Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is filled with irony and it is what makes the story so interesting. Without the use of these ironies the story would have been very different for the readers. Flannery O’Connor uses irony to enhance her writing and to push the readers to want to read further. She also uses this irony to explain some of her own concerns about the human condition. Verbal, dramatic, and cosmic ironies are all present in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and are used skillfully by the author to enhance the reader’s experience.
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