How are the style and tone of the narrator's voice different than that of the characters in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

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The detached third-person narrator in Flannery O’Connor’s story is positioned as omniscient. The reader is thus encouraged to accept the narrator’s position as neutral or impartial, and by extension to question how the narrator learned the events that are presented in the story. All these factors seem to suggest that the narrator could be equated with the author. In contrast, however, the narrator often uses a wry, ironic tone which suggests disapproval of the characters and their actions. The descriptions of their appearance and the relation of their dialogue both indicate that the narrator positions themselves as having a superior education and coming from a higher class than the characters.

Although the Misfit and the people he victimizes clearly cannot be equated, the narrator’s lightly critical tone suggests that no one is blameless. The Grandmother, although she is a vulnerable elderly woman, is clearly a racist who deems it important to distinguish herself as superior to...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 6, 2019