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The Clues OConnor Provides Flannery OConnor uses the literary device of foreshadowing throughout the short story A Good Man is Hard to Find Connor uses this device with a very subtle approach which allows her to signal the outcome of the story yet at the same time does not give the ending of the story away completely A Good Man is Hard to Find is inundated with many instances of foreshadowing which point toward the conclusion The use of foreshadowing hints to the reader that the family will meet up with the Misfit and their fate on their journey to Florida From the very start of the story Flannery OConnor begins to use foreshadowing In the first line she writes 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 mind This statement casts a doubt to the reader about the trip that is soon to come Even though it says that the grandmother wants to visit connections in Tennessee it makes the reader wonder why the grandmother really doesnt want to go to Florida Is there more to the story What is to come on this trip to Florida Is there something worrying her about going to Florida The most obvious use of foreshadowing also occurs in the very first paragraph The grandmother says Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people Just you read it I wouldnt take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it The position that this quote is placed in the story is critical to the foreshadowing It is written immediately at the start of the story to put the concept of running into the Misfit in the readers mind The direct
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