Class Agenda #75 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #75- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find II

Opener- Explain The Writing

#589- “Work It” Missy Elliot (3:31)

Part I-  SLT-I can identify evidence to analyze the text and draw inferences. (R1)

Journal- Based on the opening paragraph, of “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” By Flannery O’Conner:

  1. Identify a literary device the author is using in this opening paragraph.
  2. Use textual evidence to support your claim.
  3. Analyze how your quote supports your claim.
  • The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennes- see and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. “Now look here, Bailey,” she said, “see here, read this,” and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. “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 wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.”


Part II- Looking at a story or novel-

CFU- what’s the most important point this page wants you to get?

Review Together-

Part III- “A Good Man Is Hard To Find

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” text

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” audio

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read

Second Reading

“A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Discussion Questions

  1. How does the grandmother’s early apprehensions about the trip to Florida foreshadow the major crisis in the story?
  1. What does the grandmother’s relationship to her family tell us about her personality?
  1. If the old woman had kept her mouth shut, not revealing that she recognized The Misfit, would the family be alive at the end of the story? Or did The Misfit intend to kill all the family members when he pulled up alongside their car?
  1. What does the grandmother say to the Misfit to try to convince him not to kill her? Does the conversation alter his viewpoints in any way?
  1. What has The Misfit’s life been like? Why was he put in jail? He says he kills for pleasure. Is there another reason?
  1. Explain the problem the Misfit has with Jesus. How is his religious conviction different from the grandmother’s?
  1. How do The Misfit’s final words illustrate his attitude toward the events of the afternoon?
  1. What is the role of chance or fate in the story?

Exit Ticket- What are some of the important themes in this text?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.

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