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A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Flannery O' Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, had many elements. One of the most prominent elements in the story was foreshadowing. The warning of the Misfit in the beginning of the story, the trip to Red Sammy’s store, and the Misfits arrival all foreshadowed what was to be certain doom.
The grandmother communicated the warning of the Misfit, but her activities were various signs of foreshadowing of the end approaching. The grandmother warned about the Misfit in the first paragraph of the story: "Here this fellow calls himself the Misfit is loose from the federal pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people.” This was the first sign ...view middle of the document...

When the Misfit arrived with his gang, he gave a few hints to his victims indicating their brutal death. The Misfit arrived in a vehicle described as ."...a big black battered hearse-like automobile." The hearse, which is a vehicle carrying the dead, was the Misfit's vehicle which conveyed the message that he was going to kill the family. Another interesting imagery was when the grandmother asked the Misfit, "'What did you do to get sent to the penitentiary that first time"'" His answer further foreshadowed the death of the family. He said, "'Turn to the right, it was a wall. Turn to the left, it was a wall. Look up it was a ceiling; look down it was a floor'" . This description, although used for a jail cell, it could also apply to a tight grave. The deceased family would be soon in a rather similar position as he was. The Misfit had done away with all the members of the family except for the grandmother, whom he had decided to finish last. The grandmother was forcing the Misfit to pray and told him that he had "'...good blood'" and that Jesus would help him. However, the Misfit replied: "'Yes'm, it was the same case with Him [Jesus] as with me except He hadn't committed any crime and they could prove...

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