A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

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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.
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.