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"A Good Man is Hard to Find" is Flannery O'Connor's most famous short story and it embodies the author's style, tone, and point of view on American culture. Set in the South, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a foreboding tale that has correspondingly dark elements of humor. Unafraid of frank depictions of violence, O'Connor conveys a sense of hopelessness that may be associated with modern life. In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," an otherwise ordinary grandmother meets with a murderous ex-con called The Misfit. The two eventually have it out verbally. The grandmother's attempt to show the Misfit the potential merits of Christianity results in her murder. The Misfit remains disillusioned with religion, morality, or familial love. Half horror story and half social commentary, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" exemplifies Flannery O'Connor's perspective on modern American society.
O'Connor's audience could be anyone, young, old, rich, poor, educated or not. The story is short and easy to read. Although perhaps unsuitable for younger children because of the overt violence, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" remains accessible for most readers. Because the story is squarely set in the American south and because of the c
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