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The short story A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery OConnor could be viewed as a comic strip about massacre and martyrdom What stops it from becoming a solemn story is its intensity ambition and unfamiliarity OConnor blends the line between humor and terror as she uses a reasonable use of the unreasonable She introduces her audience to the horror of self-love both with Hulga in Good Country People and with the grandmother in A Good Man is Hard to Find The grandmother is thought of by the community as a good person and appears to be so on the surface but she is also mean and narcissistic She forces her family to abide by her wishes she sees them as an extension of herself and she seizes every opportunity to get what she wants By manipulating her grandchildren she gets her son to go back to the house with the secret panel causing them to meet The Misfit and ultimately sealing the entire familys death OConnor makes the trite seem sweet the humdrum seem tragic and the ridiculous seem righteous The reader can no longer use their textbook ways of interpreting fiction and human behavior because OConnor is constantly throwing our assumptions back at us Throughout A Good Man is Hard to Find OConnor reinforces the horror of self-love through her images She contrasts the two houses The Tower the restaurant owned by Red Sammy and the plantation house The restaurant is a broken-down place a long dark room with a tiny place to dance At one time Red Sammy found pleasure from the restaurant but now he is afraid to leave the door unlatched He has given in to the meanness of the world In contrast to the horrible Tower is the grandmothers peaceful memory of the plantation house that is filled with wonderful treasures However the family never reaches this house because this house does not even exist on the
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