Foreshadowing in O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

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Foreshadowing in O’Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
Flannery O’Connor uses foreshadowing in A Good Man is Hard to Find to reveal glimpses of the inevitable doomed ending to the novel. She uses several tools throughout his writing to accomplish this predictive nature in his writing. Through use of such elements as character dialogue and tone as her view of human beings as a flawed and sinful species combine to envisage only a tragic end to the story. According to Bryan Wyatt she “writes from a fixed perspective of Christian Orthodoxy.” (Wyatt 66).
One tool he uses is the dialogue of the characters themselves. For example, the grandmother provides warning about the Misfit in the very opening of the story when she states “'Here this...
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.....the end as she tells him, "'I'll give you all the money I've got!'" His reply was, "'There never was a body that give the undertaker a tip,'"(O’Connnor 21). It is almost ironic at this point as the Misfit himself is now clearly announcing her death by mentioning the need for an undertaker.
Works Cited
O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find. Florida: Harcourt Press, 1981.
Shinn, Thelma. Flannery O'Connor and the Violence of Grace
Contemporary Literature, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter, 1968), pp. 58-73 Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Wyatt, Bryan N. The Domestic Dynamics of Flannery O’Connor: Everything that Roses Must Converge. Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring, 1992), pp. 66-88
Published by: Hofstra University