Explain how "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is an example of Flannery O' Conner's use of grotesque.

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Other things that make this story "grotesque" are the frightening gang of misfits and the calm and resolve they display.  This makes them even creepier, particularly the Misfit.  He is so coldly calculated and does not flinch for a moment when the entire family is being killed, including the baby!  This, to me, makes him purely evil and devoid of human emotion.  

Other grotesque elements are the way the family is taken one-by-one and taken to the woods and shot, execution-style.  This is deplorable and horrifying!  Can you imagine waiting your turn to be marched into the woods and shot?  It would be unimaginable!

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the story leads to a grotesque and violent end. Additionally, the way that she writes characters and the situations she puts them in allows their real nature to be revealed and this can be horrifying and shocking to readers.

Flannery O'Connor gives us a view into the human soul, and she doesn't protect her readers from the reality of evil in human nature.

The character of the grandmother is selfish and demanding and it is because of her that the family encounters Misfit.

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