"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" as an Allegory for American Culture
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The paper discusses Flannery O'Connor's use of the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" as an allegory for the complexity faced as American culture progresses. The paper discusses how the characters' behavior reflect a disconnect between thought, words, and actions that results from this complexity. The paper highlights how their urgency to leave their past behind and usher forward causes them to lose touch with their history and what is important, eventually leading to their downfall.
From the Paper:""A Good Man is Hard to Find" is exemplary of the Southern Gothic genre depicting characters that reflect their inner struggles in their outward and often ironic behavior. Beyond the irony and humor of the story, O'Connor has a much deeper purpose in its telling. She articulates her viewpoint that as American and African-American cultures progress, not all of the progress is positive. Southern culture as a family-focused, faithful and respectful culture is deteriorating. O'Connor depicts the disconnection between thoughts, words, and deeds as symptoms of the..."
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