Maddie Allen English Comp 2 Literary Analysis Essay 8 February 2018 Flannery O’Connor’s Use of Irony In Flannery O’Connor’s writing, there is a great amount of irony that is drastically shown at the end of her stories. One of the most commonly read short stories, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, contains much irony at the end of each story. Although all of her stories carry some type of irony, they all have other literary elements. O’Connor uses other literary devices such as faith and religion, or the choice of foreshadowing. For each of these examples, there is a story to support it. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the story begins with the family deciding where to go for vacation. The kids and father suggest to go to Florida, but the grandmother clearly disagrees as she tries to persuade them with reasons not to go. The grandmother begs to go to Tennessee as she whips out the journal to inform Bailey, her only son, that there is a misfit on the loose. "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. Just you read it. I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn't answer to my conscience if I did." (O’Conner) She doesn’t like the thought of not being safe, and she will fight until she gets what she wants. At the beginning of the story, she seizes every chance to change Bailey’s mind for vacation. Even saying that the kids have already visited Florida, and they should try to see other parts of the country too.
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