Running Head: END OF THE FLORIDA DREAM 1 End of the Florida Dream Ukeria Ndando South University Online ENG 1300 S01 Week 4 Assignment final draft Dr. Donna Nalley May 7, 2018
END OF THE FLORIDA DREAM End of the Florida Dream “Symbols in fiction are perceptible objects or worded descriptions that cause us to imagine them” (Kennedy & Gioia, 2013, p.65). Most authors find the concept of symbolism to be an ideal tool of telling their stories indirectly to make the audiences think critically. The success of the storyline in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is based on the powerful use of symbolism, satire, imagery, and situational ironies to capture the central themes such as eternity, hypocrisy, evil, and good among others. O’Connor uses images, expressions, objects, ideas, and people to create the essence of indirect or direct reference to a given situation, which underscored the importance of symbolism in the story. O’Connor story is grandmother versus The Misfit, which can be interpreted to mean good versus evil, through a series of references to the objectives, concepts, and abstract ideas to highlight the realities of the story. Throughout the story, O’Connor focuses on the situation faced by the grandmother and other characters in an effort to find solutions to the calamities that befall them, especially with the family’s encounter with the criminal, The Misfit. Symbolism is an ideal literary device, which makes the author unique in his own world and invites the readers through their imaginary skills and potentials to achieve the shared meaning. For instance, throughout the story, O’Connor uses the grandmother in a concept that places her as the savior of other characters who are undergoing challenges. The grandmother is the exact opposite of the criminal, The Misfit, who appears to be a sign of bad omen and kills the Florida Dream. Throughout the story, O’Connor treated her characters as fallen creatures whose timeline is predetermined and has no powers to dictate the terms of survival. She uses the resources around her to tell the story of her community based on 2
END OF THE FLORIDA DREAM the available resources. This is illustrated when the family drove past a plantation and the grandmother said, “Look at the graveyard! That was the old family burying ground. That belonged to the plantation” (O’Connor, 2013, p.117). The resources within her reach that
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