Pain and Loss in Literature


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ENGL 123
27 April 2011
Pain and Loss in Literature
The emotion of pain often results from a sense of loss and this tragic reality of life is well elucidated in the stories Oedipus the King and A Good Man Is Hard to Find. The darkest moments of the story are realized when Hiram and Bobby Lee, colleagues of The Misfit, take Bailey and little John Wesley out in the woods. The Grandmother finally sensed that the situation has taken a grave turn for the worse and loss was impending. She beseeches The Misfit: "think how wonderful it would be to settle down and live a comfortable life and not have to think about somebody chasing you all the time" (O'Connor 17). The gunshots in the...
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.....n ancient Greek history or in modern times, many basic principles of pain from loss remain the same. The fact is that bad things happen in life. What Oedipus went through is quite a bit more painful perhaps than most other types of experiences, such as that of the Grandmother in A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Yet, both characters largely managed to consistently weave their way through the series of experiential obstacles and stayed the course of following their own objectives.
Works Cited
O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other
Stories. Orlando: Harcourt Books, 1983. Print.
Sophocles. “The Internet Classics Archive/Oedipus the King
by Sophocles.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, n.d.. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.