1. Provides author, publication date, and genre; discusses any possible significance: ___1 / 1 2. Explains the title’s significance: ___1 / 1 3. Summarizes the plot: ___1 / 1 4. Notes the author’s style (including narrative point of view), explaining its significance: 2___ / 2 5. Includes a list of memorable quotations (>3, and explains their importance): 2___ / 2 6. Includes a list of characters (major and minor) and expounds upon their role in the story: 3___ / 2 7. Discusses setting and its significance: 1___ / 1 8. Examines the opening scene: ___1 / 1 9. Examines the closing scene: ___1 / 1 10. Includes an explication of symbols: ___2 / 2 11. Examines the figurative language (metaphor, simile, etc., >5 examples), defining purpose: ___3 / 3 12. Defines the theme of the story: 1___ / 1 13. Responds emotionally to the piece: 2___ / 2 Total Score 20__ / 20 1. Provides author, publication date, and genre; discusses any possible significance: A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is a short story written by Flannery O'Connor in 1953. The story appears in the collection of short stories of the same name. 1953 is after WWII and many people had a lot of respect for war veterans. 2. Explains the title’s significance: The title, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," is truer than ever as the family meets up with anything but good men. ... Even more ironic is that the family meets the criminals by taking a road to a plantation that the Grandmother steers them towards. However, Grandmother recalls, too late, that the house is not in Georgia. 3. Summarizes the plot: A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor opens in the household with a discussion of
planning a tour to Florida. The characters of the story are gradually introduced afterward; the main one being the grandmother. She lives in the house with her son Bailey and his wife, along with their two children. The most hated character of the story, the Misfit gang, is introduced later. The grandmother reads about the escape of the heinous Misfit gang from the federal jail and about the impending danger that may arise from them. Hence, the Grandmother insists on going to Tennessee instead of Florida. The tour is decided to be towards Florida. The next day, on the way in the car, Grandmother thinks about an old plantation, a little past a place called Toomsboro. The detour taken after the Grandmother ignites the desire of the children by telling them a false story about a hidden gate will eventually meet the car with an accident. At this moment Misfit arrives at the place in a car and Grandmother recognizes them. This very recognition will consequently lead to the death of the whole family. 4. Notes the author’s style (including narrative point of view), explaining its significance: O'Connor's writing style is generally plain on its surface, yet possesses an underlying irony, subtle foreshadowing, and surprise. The first and most obvious is the irony between the grandmother and The Misfit. On its face, the grandmother appears to be a "normal" Southern lady who upholds traditional Christianity.
- Fall '19
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Short story, grandmother, Bailey