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Good Man: Introduction
Good Man: Plot Summary
Good Man: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Good Man: Themes
Good Man: Quotes
Good Man: Characters
Good Man: Symbols
Good Man: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Flannery O’Connor
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- Full Title: A Good Man is Hard to Find
- When Written: 1955
- Where Written: Milledgeville, GA
- When Published: 1955
- Literary Period: Southern Gothic
- Genre: Southern Gothic Short Story
- Setting: Twentieth Century Rural South
- Climax: The Grandmother reaches out and touches The Misfit, exclaiming, “You’re one of my own children,” and he shoots her three times.
- Antagonist: The Misfit
- Point of View: Third-person, mostly following the Grandmother
Extra Credit for A Good Man is Hard to Find
Fifteen Minutes of Fame. At the age of five, a photographer came to take photographs of one of O’Connor’s chickens, which she had taught to walk backwards. Film footage of this later made national newsreels.
Not Well Received. At ten years old, O’Connor began to write a series of sketches of her family members. Later in life, she described the collection, “My Relatives,” as “not well received.” Many of her family members were apparently displeased with how they were portrayed.