1. When words and phrases not typically used or whose meanings have changed are placed in a story, this can be considered a specific example of historical meaning for critique.
I. Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard To Find" is a perfect example of a historical criticism.
2. The text gives reasons and explanations for why Flannery O'Connor wrote her story and some background on the theme of "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
II. As O'Connor's long-time friend, Sally Fitzgerald lets on that O'Connor frequently perused the local media newspapers for articles which depicted gruesome and devastated details, cutting them out and sharing them with her friends as a collection
3. One particular article is that which describes a young girl at a fair, similar to O'Connor's story character June.
4. Another article depicts a person known as the Misfit, an obvious reference from O'Connor's story.
5. Lastly, an article from O'Connor's time describes a wild crime spree taking place in Florida which correlates with her story.
6. With the apparent interest in current events and interesting though morose newspaper articles following devastating crime sprees, anyone can see how her mind used historical references, happenings of the times, to fabricate a tale such as this.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
When words and phrases not typically used or whose meanings have changed are placed in a story, this can be considered a specific example of historical meaning for critique. That is, many critics can find meaning or themes within text of conversation not normally used (674). Also, discovering a writer's past can directly correlate to a stories subject and help the reader to analyze and discover theme and meaning within any writing. Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard To Find"...