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One of the finest American modernist writers Flannery OConnor was probably the best known author of Southern Gothic stories Her works fit the scheme of the Southern Gothic literature which unlike the Romantic Gothic literature that utilizes the supernatural focuses on the sublime and grotesque found in reality In her stories the sublime is represented by the spiritual side of life while the grotesque is symbolized by technique material progress and disintegration of values however in OConnors three stories - A Good Man is Hard to Find A View of the Woods and Revelation - those two aspects are mixed with each other The protagonists of A Good Man is Hard to Find are a family - a grandmother parents and children However they are not described realistically their shapes and behaviours are somewhat distorted causing the effect of almost cartoon-like quality they are more types than characters Their descriptions especially the description of a mother are slightly grotesque The main character is probably the grandmother the most distinctive figure of the family who sees herself as the voice of tradition and civility She is a typical respectable elderly Southern lady type - a genteel belle preoccupied with her looks in a rather morbid way In case of an accident anyone seeing her dead on a highway would know at once that she was a lady Her dressing up in case of her death can be seen as foreshadowing of the tragedy which is going to happen - a typical element of the Gothic fiction However her appearance does not really matter in the end as the Misfit states Lady there never was a body that give the undertaker a tip Vain superficial and incapable of any introspective thought she is a sort of a comic figure and a personified ironical comment on the Southern culture She becomes the catalyst of the proceeding events as she stubbornly refuses to go to Florida Here this
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