Mary Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Perhaps Flannery O'Connor's most startling short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, was first published in The Berkeley Book of Modern Writers (ed. William Phillips and Phillip Rahv) in 1953. The story, in stark fashion, contains most of her traditional themes: the reality of evil, the inability of mankind to choose the right course of action without God's grace, the barriers of intellect and ego which isolate humans from ontological truths, the necessity of violence, shock and freakishness to dissolve self-sufficient ego, and distortions brought about by man's imperial will. O'Connor's dark view of humanity without God developed from her fundamental Catholicism intensified by the Calvinism of American romance and …

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Citation:
Castle, Alfred. "A Good Man Is Hard To Find". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 October 2007
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