"A Good Man is Hard to Find"

Essay by CT7954High School, 12th gradeA+, January 2006

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A good man is hard to find, and there are good and bad people in everyday settings. Flannery O'Conner is the author of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in which there are many instances where people disrupt lives of others by great amounts. O'Connor chooses a theme for every story that she holds on to throughout the book, but in the "Displaced Person" everything is twisted around and completely changed. "The Displaced Person" is the antithesis of the other works, because a good man is found, the intruder is a Christ-like figure, and the intruder dies in the end.

One of the most obvious reasons "The Displaced Person" opposes her other stories is, because a good man is actually found. In her previous stories, her characters are searching for someone to fulfill a need or repair the farm. For example in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" the grandmother is looking for a good man to save the life of her family and herself, but instead gets "the misfit" who is disguised as a good man.

The grandmother really wants the "misfit" to be a good man but instinctively he is a killer. In "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" Shiftlet comes to the farm of the Crater's and appears innocent, but then he acts as a violent intruder in which he takes the family's money, and car, and leaves the innocent girl at a diner. In "Good Country People" Manly Pointer acts as a Bible sells man who earns the trust of Hulga. He intrudes into the life of Hulga and takes what she has based her life around, the fake leg. In contrast, Mr. Guizac comes to the farm and to the rescue of Mrs.