A Good Man Is Hard to Find Questions and Answers
by Flannery O’Connor

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Please compare Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner's depictions of the Southern notion of gentility and its relationship to violence in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "A Rose for Emily."

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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," southern gentility is presented as snobbish and ignorant in the character of the grandmother. She idealizes the old south, looking down on racial minorities and dressing up so that if she dies, people will "know she was a lady." Appearance matters more than substance. In regards to its relation to violence, ignorance is once again the keyword: the grandmother seems unaware of anyone else's pain in the world until she...

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