Since she was limited by her illness to short and infrequent trips away from the farm, O'Connor learned to draw upon the resources at hand for the subject matter of her stories.
Attention to prim detail separated the grandmother from the rest of her family who seemed to be living in a different world than she. As she organized herself in preparation for the trip, her family was described as rather common people living in a frustrated middle class world.
Her collar 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 she was a lady.
The parents pay little attention to the grandmother and when they do, they are often quite rude. The unruly children are representative of the breakdown of respect, and discipline, and are consequently a forecast of future generations.
They constantly demean the grandmother and at one point, June Star even complains that her grandmother has to go everywhere they go right to her face.
The Misfit represents evil. At one point the Misfit likens himself to Christ, in that they both were punished for crimes they did not commit.
Christ accepted death for the sins of all people, however. The Misfit is in a constant battle against his fate that he sees himself being punished without any cause. Upon observing this image, she realizes that to be truly Christlike, she is going to have to forgive the Misfit and accept him as a child of God.
At this point, the Misfit also has a revelation. His lesson however, is that by killing the grandmother, he helped her find God and therefore realizes that he does have a purpose in the world, that he will have to answer to a higher power sooner or later.
She believed that Christ was no longer enough of a priority to the people of her generation.This story affords perhaps the best place to start in exploring the work of O'Connor—after all, it was the collection A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories that established Flannery O'Connor as a major voice in American literature, and a modern master of the short story.
The mood of this ’s’s Georgia highway picture is a sense of foreboding that reflects the spirit of the Flannery O’Connor story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Image courtesy of American Memory at the Library of Congress. Analysis of "A Good Man is Hard to Find-. The short story by Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find-, is about a family that takes a vacation to Florida and somehow along the way manages to get murdered by a man who calls himself "The Misfit-, and two of his friends.
A Good Man is Hard to Find. by Flannery O'Connor. From:Flannery O'Connor: Collected Works the Library of America Flannery O'Connor A Good Man Is Hard to Find (c), p THE GRANDMOTHER didn't want to go to Florida. This story affords perhaps the best place to start in exploring the work of O'Connor—after all, it was the collection A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories that established Flannery O'Connor as a major voice in American literature, and a modern master of the short story.
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find," first published in , is among the most famous stories by Georgia writer Flannery O'Connor.O'Connor was a staunch Catholic, and like most of her stories, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" wrestles with questions of good and evil and the possibility of divine grace.