Style in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Mary Flannery O'Connor(Mary) Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”  Does the writer make any unusual creative use of word choice, word...

Style in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Mary Flannery O'Connor

(Mary) Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

 Does the writer make any unusual creative use of word choice, word order, or sentence structure?

 Is the story’s tone intimate? distant? ironic? How does the tone advance the writer’s purpose?

 Does the style emphasize the sound and rhythm of language? For example, does the writer use alliteration and assonance? repetition and parallelism? What do such techniques add to the story?

 Does the story make any historical, literary, or biblical allusions? What do these allusions contribute to the story?

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One element of style used is the simile.  A simile is an indirect comparison that brings an image to the reader’s mind, such as grandmother’s “big black valise that looked like the head of a hippopotamus.”  Another element is very specific details, such as the fact that “they left Atlanta at eight forty-five with the mileage on the car at 55890.”  In each case, these elements add a note of realism to the story by making it very descriptive. 

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Does the writer make any unusual creative use of word choice, word order, or sentence structure?

Is the story’s tone intimate? distant? ironic? How does the tone advance the writer’s purpose?

Does the style emphasize the sound and rhythm of language? For example, does the writer use alliteration and assonance? repetition and parallelism? What do such techniques add to the story?

Does the story make any historical, literary, or biblical allusions? What do these allusions contribute to the story?

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