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A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O´Connors

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1. When words and phrases not typically used or whose meanings have changed are placed in a story, this can be considered a specific example of historical meaning for critique.I. Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard To Find" is a perfect example of a historical criticism.2. The text gives reasons and explanations for why Flannery O'Connor wrote her story and some background on the theme of "A Good Man is Hard to Find."II. As O'Connor's long-time friend, Sally Fitzgerald lets on that O'Connor frequently perused the local media newspapers for articles which depicted gruesome and devastated details, cutting them out and sharing them with her friends as a collection3. One particular article ...view middle of the document...

An article by Sally Fitzgerald in the required text speaks directly to specific instances in which history has an important enough effect on O'Connor for her to write about it.The text gives reasons and explanations for why Flannery O'Connor wrote her story and some background on the theme of "A Good Man is Hard to Find." As O'Connor's long-time friend, Sally Fitzgerald lets on that O'Connor frequently perused the local media newspapers for articles which depicted gruesome and devastated details, cutting them out and sharing them with her friends as a collection (674). Of these newspaper articles, a specific writing describes a prize winning pre-teen performing the song "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Although there is no exact relation between O'Connor's story and the newspaper story (other than the title), one correlation between the stories would be young June's character, performing for the veteran at the general store (448). Unfortunately June does not depict a sweet young girl, but a catty child full of complaints.Fitzgerald also provides a particular article relaying a tale of another "Misfit" robber who performs a spree of crimes in O'Connor's hometown (675). Although the petty crimes he performed are in no comparison to O' Connors extremely evil misfit character, the correlation between the names is of course obvious (675). Fitzgerald proceeds to explain the historical details of "The Misfit," a man who so named himself in an effort to gain pity while being tried for his crimes (675). His idea did not work and his insanity was acknowledged with his sentence to a mental asylum located very closely to O'Connor's residence (675).During the writing of this story, O'Connor was aware of another, much more serious crime spree, full with details of robber, kidnapping, and escapes from a Florida jail (675). Fitzgerald explains that the happenings were so prevalent in the newspapers that O'Connor may have certainly used this as a basis for her story, especially the comments made by the grandmother's character discussing "dangers to be feared on the road to Florida, when the O'Connor story opens" (675). The historical aspect had quite an impact on the story, as the pictures of the literal felon very...

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