What are the main structural elements in "A Good man is Hard to Find"?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is fiction, a short story.  As such, it can be analyzed, or dissected, into structural elements according to mainly plot, character, and figurative language.

What you must know, though, is that O'Connor is a comic writer and a religious writer.  Many readers are confused by her structure: she seems to be making fun of religion.  Rest assured, she is not.  In fact, O'Connor is a very serious religious writer who uses caricatures (exaggerated characters) like The Misfit and the grandmother to expose the relationships between good and evil, nihilism and revelation, and hypocrisy and salvation.  In the end, all of her characters look flat, grotesque, and evil, but--as readers--we have to imply that O'Connor means just the opposite of them.

So, structural elements:

Flat, static characters: the Misfit, the grandmother.  They are both religiously confused: the Misfit is a nihilist, and the Grandmother is a self-righteous Christian.  They...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 584 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team