O'Connor on "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Short Story Criticism Thomas Votteler Editor Total Number of Volumes in Set: 21 Gale Research, Inc.: Detroit 1990 Flannery O'Connor (essay date 1963) [O'Connor delivered the following remarks at a reading she gave at Hollins College, Virginia on14 October 1963.
Much of my fiction takes its character from a reasonable use of the unreasonable, though the reasonableness of my use of it may not always be apparent. Flannery O'Connor, "On Her Own Work," in her Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, edited by Sally Fitzgerald and Robert Fitzgerald, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969, pp. 107-18. Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find": Who's the Real Misfit? Activity 1.
Warming Up the Car Before discussing the text in class, students should read Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find", preferably at home (the e-text is available via the EDSITEment-reviewed American Studies at the University of Virginia). Ask students to write a one-page response paper after they complete the story. Mention to students that each response paper should be informal; in it, students should comment on their immediate reaction to the story (especially the ending). Ask students to bring their response papers to the class period assigned to this lesson.
Give a brief overview of O'Connor's life, using key points from the following links via the EDSITEment-reviewed Internet Public Library. Once students have read and responded to the story at home, begin by asking students to describe their immediate reaction to "A Good Man is Hard to Find. " Note: This activity is best conducted in a classroom with 4-5 computer workstations. Activity 2. Teacher "Pit Stop": A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (9780156364652): Flannery O'Connor. A Good Man Is Hard to Find. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (published in England as The Artificial Nigger and Other Tales) is a collection of short stories by American author Flannery O'Connor.
The collection was first published in 1955. The subjects of the short stories range from baptism ("The River") to serial killers ("A Good Man Is Hard to Find") to human greed and exploitation ("The Life You Save May Be Your Own"). The majority of the stories include jarring violent scenes that make the characters undergo a spiritual change.
The short stories commonly have tones of Catholicism related to life and death scenarios. For instance, in the story "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" the villain states, "She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life. " Contents It contains the following stories: Title Adaptations See also  Jump up ^ Fitzgerald, Sally (1979). External links A Good Man is Hard to Find. The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida.
She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennes- see and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey's mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. "Now look here, Bailey," she said, "see here, read this," and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. "Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people.
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 was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like rabbit's ears. "Yes and what would you do if this fellow, The Misfit, caught you? " "Hey! " "Hush! "