Class Agenda #79 – Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Class Agenda #79- Literary Analysis in Short Fiction- A Good Man Is Hard To Find V


All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

Flannery O’Connor

#105- “Stay With Me” Sam Smith (3:45)

Part I-  SLT-I can analyze important quotations. 

Journal- Analyze the opening quote from – Flannery O’Conner:

  1. Put the Quote into your own words
  2. Declare if you agree or disagree with the quotation
  3. Explain how it is relevant to the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
  • Part II- Motifs and themes

SLT- I can identify major themes and motifs in literature.

  • Yesterday we talked about Motifs.
  • Today let’s look at “Theme”
  • To Do:
    • In your notebook, take down any important notes
    • Let’s do some of the following exercises along with the video


  • 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 (IMPROVED!!) –

As We Read the first time- Create:

  • Annotated List of Characters as we Read
    • Grandmother- Family matriarch. Has strong opinions and a heightened sense of fashion. Racist and classist individual. No one in the family seems to like her.
    • Bailey- The grandmother’s son. Seems to be bullied by grandmother
    • The Missfit- A villainous character lurking in the background.
    • Mother- unassuming character, juxtaposing grandmother.
    • June Star- Young child
    • John Weasly- Young child
    • Red Sammy-

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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