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What would be a good five paragraph essay topic on "A Good Man Is Hard to...

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snowboarder4life | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM via web

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What would be a good five paragraph essay topic on "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"?

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kazontite | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Write about symbolism. I thought that you could use the idea of te grandmother, and that people now-a-days are to focused on ones self. Just kidding, I'm doing that, SO DONT COPY!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM (Answer #2)

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So I'm not the only teacher who still teaches the five paragraph essay?!

You have many options for an essay on this story. One place to start is to read a critical review (which you can find here at eNotes). Does the writer say something that you disagree with or that you find especially interesting? Try to form a thesis from that.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Religious imagery in the story
  • How the title fits the story
  • The author's  use of irony
  • Is O'Connor's use of humor really comedy or is it comic relief?
  • How does the grandmother change from beginning to end?
  • Do readers today react differently to the violence than the readers in the 1950s would have? Is it as shocking today as it would have been then?
  • How has society changed or not changed, especially in regard to prejudice?

These are just a few ideas. Read over the story one more time and see what questions it raises for you this time. I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect topic.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 6, 2008 at 1:08 AM (Answer #3)

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You could write about the "journey" of life.  The grandmother's journey from the beginning of the story to the end is an amazing study.  The journey of the family--literally and figuratively--they are going on vacation, there is a destination in mind but a detour knocks them off course.  The spiritual journey is also possible since Jesus and religion are an integral part of this story.  The journey of the Misfit and his life is also an interesting possibility.

Good Luck and have fun!  Always choose a topic you are interested in writing and learning more about or the work will not be enjoyable.  No one wants to dredge through the arduous task of some lukewarm topic...not you as the writer, and not your teacher as the reader.  :)

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lilmama2008 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2008 at 5:23 AM (Answer #4)

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yes i need a good 5 paragraph essay.

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