"A Good Man is hard to find" by Flannery O'Connor

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In Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard To Find", one is struck by the foreshadowing events that lead to the unexpected violence at the end of the story. However, as the reader unravels the story you can see definite signs that foreshadow the ending. The events suggest that something unpleasant was going to happen in the story.

The story begins with the typical nuclear family being challenged by the grandmother who doesn't want to take the vacation to Florida, she try's to discourage Bailey from taking the family. She has read about a killer by the name of the Misfit who is on the run heading for Florida. Every member of the family except for the little girl, June Star, who can read the grandmother thoughts and actions, ignores the grandmother. The fact that she admonishes Bailey, her son, of this Misfit and "what he did to those people" (238) foreshadows what will happen to them and shows the probability that the escaped convict and the family will collide.

As readers, we know that O'Connor will not mention such an interesting fact without having it effect the characters later on in the story.