Moral Universe Of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Literature Type: Essay Paper: #1021613 Related Topics: Flannery O Connor, Man Who Was Almost A Man, Car Accident, Moral Values
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Flannery O'Connor

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The following assignment is based on your reading of Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (OCR pp. 249-261) and on Claire Katz's critical essay, "The Function of Violence in O'Connor's Fiction" (OCR p. 263). (You can also find this assignment in Literature to Go (OCR) p. 263. Click on the highlight "Considerations.")?

Answer question #2: To what extent might "A Good Man is Hard to Find" be accurately described as a story "in which a character attempts to live autonomously, to define…values, only to be jarred back to…'reality' -- the recognition of helplessness in the face of contingency…" (paragraph 2)? Format: Write your response in standard essay style. DO INLCUDE a separate Works Cited page. Use either MLA or APA style.

To what extent might "A Good Man is Hard to Find" be accurately described as a story "in which a character attempts to live autonomously, to define…values, only to be jarred back to…'reality' -- the recognition of helplessness in the face of contingency…"? (Katz 263). This comment on O'Connor's fiction by Claire Katz is intended as a generalization about O'Connor's work as a whole, but it is an almost perfect description of what happens in the difficult ending of O'Connor's story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." O'Connor's story leans heavily upon the word "good" in the title, because the good man in this story is, of course, someone who would normally be described as the opposite of good, a criminal and a murderer. Yet this children with a clearly fictional story about silver treasure hidden behind a secret panel. But what seems like it will be a relatively comic story about an awful grandmother is suddenly derailed by a minor automobile accident and a chance encounter. The chance encounter is, of course, with the criminal who is referred to in the first sentence of the story: an escaped convict known as "The Misfit" who has escaped from a Federal Penitentiary and is supposedly on the loose in the area of Florida they will be driving through.

The difficulty, of…

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Katz, Claire. "The Function of Violence in O'Connor's Fiction." OCR.

O'Connor, Flannery. "A Good Man is Hard to Find." OCR.


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