A Good Man Is Hard to Find – Intro

A Good Man Is Hard to Find was written by Flannery O’Conor. The short story dates form 1953, when such a story ending was quite a controversial. It is a short story, easy to follow and easy to understand what is going on. The setting develops slowly and very descriptively. The narrator is an omniscient one or with other words someone who knows everything and sees everything.

The description of people and scenery is fun and interesting. Moreover,  the setting of the story and what is going on, it is something that could happen to anyone, but also something that will never make us to think about that. The way it is narrated is so realistic, and it is easy to make a picture of what is happening but also to predict what will happen next. The title actually refers to something else which in this case proves the opposite of what the title is about.

O’Connor uses words in order to describe not only the people but also the scenery and the action that takes place. The words she uses are funny and are words that people use them in everyday communication and in a way they express actual situation and how the characters act in an ordinary daily-life situation. “Bailey didn’t look up from his reading so she wheeled around then and faced the children’s mother, a young woman in slacks, whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and she was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like a rabbit’s ears.”  It is funny the way the mother is described. The words cabbage and rabbit suggest to an animal and in this case they are used to describe a person.

“She pointed out interesting details of the scenery: Stone Mountain; the blue granite that in some places came up to both sides of the highway; the brilliant red clay banks slightly streaked with purple; and the various crops that made rows green lace-work on the ground. The trees were full of silver-white sunlight and the meanest of them sparkled.” From these sentences the description is so realistic that a reader can imagine and pictured all these. The words that are used make it easy to understand and the colors make the description more realistic. “Bailey was looking straight ahead. His jaw was as rigid as a horseshoe.” This sentence is a great example that O’Connor for everything she describes she finds something to compare it with.

The setting of the story and the way it develops is quite interesting and one to be remembered for. The setting develops slowly and it takes one direction.  Every action is compactable in the story as it develops. One thing follows another. From the very beginning it is mentioned that Misfit is free and he did something to some people. The old lady says “I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I could not answer to my consistence if I did.” What is going on is that she actually is doing the opposite of what she says. At the first reading the reader probably could not get that the family is going to meet Misfit and get killed but once the old lady recognizes him that is obvious. As the story unfolds in more and more obvious that what the old lady sad at the beginning is a lie. She is doing everything to protect herself and doesn’t really care about her family. “I know you wouldn’t shoot a lady!”  She is really going on Misfit’s nerves by saying this but also by saying that he should start to pray and that she knows he came from nice people.

This old lady is so annoying and annoys everyone around her.  The title resembles to one character from a  Macedonian play, an old man with a lamp who in the middle of the night is wandering outside on the streets was looking for the honest man. A Good Man Is Hard to Find is the sentence the old lady had used several times in the story. What really is going on in the story is opposite. She does not want to go in Florida because she read that Misfit is heading towards there. She actually finds any reason just to go where she had planned.

What is going on in this story is the opposite of the title. A bad man is easy to find is what really happens. From one point of view she did found him, but from another point of view the police could not. “She would have been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life” That is the proof that she talk too much and annoys everyone around. “A good man is hard to find, “Red Sammy said.”  The family had stopped for a sandwiches and they had a conversation with Sammy. He says the quote above. From that moment the old lady is using that phrase.  All in all, this story is not a try one, but it really depicts one very real situation about the future and questioning what if. When there is even a small chance something dangerous to happen everyone becomes good. Some of the descriptive words in the story would make everyone laugh, but the whole story actually reveals that there is destiny, something from which nobody can escape.

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