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In A Good Man Is Hard To Find Flannery OConnor uses a variety of narrative techniques to create an intriguing story The most significant are the point of view from which she writes and the religious references that lie throughout her story OConnor writes from a third person point of view telling the story from the perspective of the grandmother and orchestrates the events in the plot from a fundamentalist Christian stance The point of view straddles the line between limited omniscience and total omniscience OConnor lets us know whose story this is in the first two lines The grandmother didnt want to go to Florida She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Baileys mind1380 OConnor does not reveal any of the characters thoughts She gives us background information about what happens just before the story starts Thats something only an omniscient or panoramic narrator would know She does however limit the point of view to the grandmother and continues to do so in the next lines Bailey was the son she lived with her only boy1380 The only action we see is as it relates to the limited view of the grandmother Bailey didnt look up from his reading so she wheeled around then and faced the childrens mother a young woman in slacks 1380 OConnor continues to toggle between a total omniscient and limited omniscient narrator She didnt intend for the cat to be left alone in the house for three days because he would miss her too much and she was afraid he might brush against one of the gas burners and accidentally asphyxiate himself Her son Bailey didnt like to arrive at a motel with a cat1381 She gives us a reason for the grandmothers behavior that could be interpreted as the grandmothers thoughts but it reads more like a total omniscient narrator If it
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