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Isolation in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
A look at isolation in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
# 140166 | 750 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American)

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This paper reviews and analyzes Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find", focusing on how O'Connor chose a different social path than that of her character, The Misfit, in the story. Because of O'Connor's own life, however, she had a good understanding of isolation and was able to express it honestly in this work. According to the paper, her understanding is drawn from her experiences both as a child and as an adult, however, she also gives The Misfit a perspective that rejects the society and the religion of which she was a part. It is these differences that make The Misfit inseparable from his isolation, enabling him to commit his acts against the society that rejected him.

From the Paper:

" Flannery O'Connor was a unique writer who possessed a deep insight into the meaning of isolation and its effect on the human psyche. In part, this insight may have come from her upbringing in a small Southern town. Another part of her understanding of isolation may have arisen from her own isolation due to her later illness. In either case, O'Connor would have been familiar with the tempering effects that isolation has, both in the positive sense of strengthening an individual and in the negative sense of anger and resentment from being removed from society. The character of The Misfit represents the second of these effects."

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