Divisions of Narrative in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”


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Structural Definition of Contrast
Divisions of Narrative in Flannery O’Connor’s "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
In the differences in the narrative between the before the automobile accident and that of the after the automobile accident, the inability for mankind to exercise control in a world full of change is clearly shown. Once stable and in control of the environment, the characters
are taken away from their ability to control events become characters who can live or perish in a moment. The dynamic use of structural changes in Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find allows the author to demonstrate the distinct differences between control and chaos, between kindness and malice, and between...
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.....order is disrupted: “but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn't of
me” (O’Connor 45). In the second section of the narrative after the accident, no control is possible for the family, and they are summarily executed in seemingly random acts of violence which illustrate the delicate balance of life and death. The structural change in the narrative from one section in which the members of the family can control reality into a section in which they cannot shows that human nature cannot be controlled, cannot be regimented, cannot be predicted no matter how diligent the attempt.
Works Cited
Connor, Flannery, and Frederick
A good man is hard to
find .
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1993. Print.