A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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1. Read Packet II pp. 34-46 “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (O’Connor).

Also make sure you have read all of the text discussions in that packet–>Plot (6), Character (7),

Setting (16), Point of View (18), Symbolism (23), and Theme (27).

2. Print out the attached handout and add it to your class notes.


3.  Write a short 1-2 page analysis responding to ONE of the following choices. DO NOT DO MORE THAN ONE:

Option 1:

Explain the theme of materialism in Maupassant’s story. What statement is the storyteller making about status and possessions?




If this narrative is a cautionary tale, what are readers warned against?

Option 2:

Decide whether Montresor is a reliable or unreliable narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado.”




Explain what it is about his character and about his ability as a storyteller that make him either reliable or unreliable.


Option 3:


Review Flannery O’Connor’s story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Write a one-page analysis:


Decide whether the grandmother is a sympathetic or unsympathetic character. Recall what the misfit says about her: “’She would of been a good woman’…’if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life’” (par. 140). Explain what he means by this.