A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND - Lockhart 1 Hunter Lockhart...

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Hunter Lockhart English VII A Fr. Greg April 17, 2007 Logical Arguments: The Grandmother vs. The Misfit In A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, the Grandmother from the onset holds out hope that she will be released by the Misfit without any harm done, yet she does not realize that her death is inevitable. She hopes that by presenting a series of what turn out to be faulty logical arguments, she will somehow connect with the Misfit and he will eventually let her go unharmed. On the other hand, while the Grandmother is pleading for her life, the Misfit himself presents a number of logical responses to the Grandmother’s arguments to show that he must kill her and her entire family. The Grandmother begins her pleading with the Misfit by asking, “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” While this is a pertinent inquiry, it is indeed the first of many logical fallacies presented by the Grandmother. This first question is an appeal to tradition, because it is traditionally known that both women and children should not be innocently shot by others. The Misfit responds by telling her that he would hate to have to shoot her, which is what he ends up doing in cold blood. Yet the Grandmother gives offers another petition to the Misfit, by saying “I know you’re a good man. You don’t look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ENGL 104 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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