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How does the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" fit into the Southern Gothic genre?

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A Southern Setting: Southern gothic stories have, as you might expect, a deep connection to the South itself. And since the identity of the South is deeply entrenched in the land, there are typically elements of nature—often harshly depicted—in Southern gothic literature. The family is in Georgia, and the grandmother longs to visit family in Tennessee. Woven into the journey are descriptors of Southern life and setting:

Outside of Toombsboro she woke up and recalled an old plantation that she had visited in this neighborhood once when she was a young lady. She said the house had six white columns across the front and that there was an avenue of oaks leading up to it and two little wooden trellis arbors on either side in front where you sat down with your suitor after a stroll in the garden.

The idea of plantations is presented in a romantic way—except the very nature of a plantation relies on an often harsh abuse of workers. Southern culture is instrumental to the way the conflict...

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