Allegory in A Good Man is Hard to Find
Search for articles about “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and within those articles search for allegory.
Read three of the articles and write a 250 word minimum discussion of O’Connor’s use of allegory in “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Use research to support your discussion. You must integrate research from all three sources and include them in your Works Cited page.
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Allegory is a literary device, similar to an extended metaphor, but often becomes much more encompassing and thematic; authors and poets use allegory to relate characters, events, or conflicts in their own story to a much bigger meaning or truth. More often than not, allegories speak to some broad, universal truth about the human condition, and Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is no exception. She uses the conflict of the family, the grandmother, and ultimately the Misfit to drive home some serious suggestions about 'big picture' ideas like good, evil, grace, and forgiveness.
You should have no difficulty in finding some quality articles if you use your school database like the above post suggested, but I also highly recommend that you look at the wealth of critical essays on the story that eNotes has to offer--several of the essays seem perfect for your assignment. I included some links for you, two of which address the religious allegorical elements of the story in depth.
You will need to use your school web site or library web site for this one. From the library page, you can see which databases you subscribe to. Look for "allegory in a good man is hard to find" and some articles will pop up. You can ask the librarian to help you use the database.
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