Biographalical Analyasis of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor.

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Many individuals in today's society are unappreciative of the value of their lives. Flannery O'Connor tries to stress the importance and value of life in her story "A Good Man is Hard to Find". The theme of this story strongly suggests that individuals need to appreciate life as it can be taken lost in a short period of time. It also suggests the importance of having a connection with God.

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925. She was disabled by lupus erythematosus; an incurable disease that she had watched her father suffer from. This disease eventually took her life. Before this disease claimed her life she wrote many short stories that were "concerned with the relationship between the individual and God" (Britannica). This also connects to her wanted to share with the others the importance of appreciating life. This is demonstrated through her story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." "O'Connor's own words, the 'religious consciousness without a religion'" (Britannica) demonstrate that she wanted the religion theme in her stories to be recognized.

The main way the theme in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is stressed is through the plot. The setting is also important because it takes place on trip which is important to the plot. The story is told in the third person point of view which is important because the readers are given an understanding of the story as whole and not just the story through the view of one character. The first line of the story is "The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida."(O'Connor 448). Right away readers can understand that this grandmother is going to try to ruin the trip. She tells her son that they shouldn't go to Florida because the...