In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, by Flannery O'Connor, every object including the characters are symbols. The Grandmother for example is the one and only dynamic character, represents all of us who have had to feel grief or needed to ask for forgiveness. As Flannery O'Connor has suggested, the story is a spiritual journey because of the Grandmother's quandaries. In the beginning of the story the Grandmother is obsessed with everything worldly and superficial. She cares only about how others perceive her,
“Her collars 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” (O'Conner 413).
She gets dressed up for a car trip so that, on the random chance that they would be in a car accident and that in that wreck she would be thrown from the car and laying on the pavement, she would be happy because the people passing by would think that she is a lady. This represents us as humans because daily we choose to be way too self-conscience. We care what people think whether we admit it or not. The first thing that comes to mind is me and my make-up. Make-up is a perfect example of us women caring a great deal about what others think of us. She is also very selfish in her activities. Instead
of caring about what is best for the family, she wants to go to Tennessee because she has friends there whom she would like to see.
There are three stages of thought for the Grandmother. During the first stage, which is in the beginning, she is completely focused on herself in relation to how others think of her. The second stage occurs wh...
... middle of paper ...
...hat in just reading it the first time I looked right past. It wasn’t until my dad
made me actually read some parts out loud that I understood. Even in these short stories, there is so much meaning packed into them. It shows how intelligent these writers actually are. In the beginning I didn’t care too much for this quirky little love story “Araby” yet after analyzing it, it has become one of my favorites and has inspired me to go back and re-read a few of the stories in this book that I may have just brushed past. Symbolic representation has become very interesting to me and both of these stories among many others are filled with it.
O'Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." 1955. Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay. 4th ed. Ed. Robert DiYanni. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 1998.
Joyce, James. “Araby”. Kirszner and Mandell.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor, is bombarded with symbolism. In short stories symbolism is the literary element that helps the reader depict the picture and actions in their own minds. Whether it be from characters’ names or the designs on the characters’ shirts, every detail in this story has a purpose. Flannery O’Connor was known for her strong religious background, Catholicism, and used her faith as the underlying message in her works. In the story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” there are a couple of things that can be traced directly to Christianity.... [tags: Literary Analysis ]
1013 words (2.9 pages)
- Use of Symbolism in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor is a short story that depicts a family's vacation to Florida that turned into an abysmal tragedy when they met with the Misfit, a convict who escaped from prison. This story is meant to be interpreted as a parable, whereby O'Connor made skilful use of symbolism to bring about messages such as the class-consciousness and the lack of spiritual faith that exist amongst human. In this part of the essay, I will show how O'Connor made use of symbolism through her characters to symbolise an abstraction of class-consciousness.... [tags: Good Man Hard to Find Flannery O'connor Essays]
1046 words (3 pages)
- Flannery O'Connor makes a statement in her lecture called Writing Short Stories"I suspect that most of you have been telling stories all your lives..."(O'Connor #2 PG). She was only thirty-nine years old when she died from lupus in 1964. It did not take long for her to became a literary icon. It is difficult for O'Connor to understand that people perceive writing fiction as a chore, as one of the "most difficult literary forms" (O'Connor #2 PG). When writing fiction is something she accomplishes with no effort whatsoever.... [tags: short stories, literature]
1386 words (4 pages)
- Symbolism In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, by Flannery O'Connor, every object including the characters are symbols. The Grandmother for example is the one and only dynamic character, represents all of us who have had to feel grief or needed to ask for forgiveness. As Flannery O'Connor has suggested, the story is a spiritual journey because of the Grandmother's quandaries. In the beginning of the story the Grandmother is obsessed with everything worldly and superficial. She cares only about how others perceive her, “Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet.... [tags: Flannery O'Connor James Joyce]
1375 words (3.9 pages)
- “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is the prime example of a southern family vacation gone wrong. The Character flaws of the grandmother, children, and Bailey when combined caused the family to crash from the highway and have a run in with the epitome of evil, The Misfit. After the entire family is done away with by The Misfit’s gang members, the grandmother is left to face reality alone. Her fragile and previously wandering mind is soon brought back to the realization that she is in fact the same as The Misfit.... [tags: Flannery O´Connor, symbolism, irony]
759 words (2.2 pages)
- In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," by Flannery O’Connor, one is struck by the unexpected violence at the end of the story. However, if one re-reads the story as second time, one will see definite signs of foreshadowing of the ending. In the course of this story, O’Connor uses strong imagery to foreshadow the people and the events in this story. There are three significant times she uses this technique. They are the description of the grandmother’s dress, the death of the family, and the conversation between the Misfit and the grandmother.... [tags: A Good Man Is Hard To Find Flannery O’Connor]
571 words (1.6 pages)
- 1 You can do one thing or you can do another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later you’re going to forget what it was you done and just be punished for it.” This quote was stated in Flannery O’ Connors story of A Good Man is Hard to Find, she was a catholic all her life which motivated her to write stories and influence them. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, there were many examples of religion revealed in her literature such as the one presented and more examples followed.... [tags: misfit, christian belief]
968 words (2.8 pages)
- Flannery O’Connor’s Short Story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor’s personal views on the justification of religion and the resulting world or corruption and depravity are apparent in her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. She analyzes the basic plight of human existence and its conflict with religious conviction. The first two-thirds of the narrative set the stage for the grandmother, representing traditional Christian beliefs, to collide with The Misfit, representing modern scientific beliefs.... [tags: Flannery OConnor Good Man Hard Essays]
1013 words (2.9 pages)
- Religious Symbolism in “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” This paper will present a rhetorical context for the use of violence in the short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” as she presented in her essay “The Element of Suspense.” The form of classical tragedy in this story will also be analyzed from the critical theories of Aristotle and Longinus. Tolstoy will be used to examine the use Christian symbolism. Nietzsche will provide a more well-rounded universal conclusion to the uses of tragedy and spiritual elements in this classic story.... [tags: essays research papers]
2348 words (6.7 pages)
- Generation Gaps in Flannery's A Good Man is Hard to Find The use of symbolism that emphasizes a major gap between the two generations, as well as religion, theme, and imagery along with an intriguing story plot make Flannery's A Good Man is hard to Find one of America's classic short stories. Imagery is widely used in O'Connor's story, which makes the characters and surroundings seem lifelike. In the depiction of the grandmother the reader can visual see the woman sitting in the car waiting on the others to arrive.... [tags: Papers]
578 words (1.7 pages)