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

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What are some examples of figurative language used in Flannery O'Connor's short story A Good Man is Hard to Find? Why do you think the author used them?

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Flanner O’Connor was known – justifiably – for a somewhat cynical perspective with respect to the superficial judgments people make regarding the character of those they deem worthy or “good.”  Her much-read short story Good Country People established the template for cynicism regarding people who render judgments based upon superficial characteristics like displays of proper etiquette and presumed fealty to God.  A Good Man is Hard to Find is entirely consistent with O’Connor’s theme of paradoxical relationships between perceptions and realities.  The Bible salesman in Good Country People is revealed as a con man who conceals alcohol and condoms in his hollowed-out Bible, and the individual in A Good Man is Hard to Find who best exemplifies the manners and fealty to God most cherished by the story’s main protagonist , the grandmother, is a stone-cold killer who has escaped from prison and who will murder the grandmother just as the aforementioned Bible salesman deceives Mrs....

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