Critics

Two of O’Conner’s critics on “A Good Man is Hard to Find” was Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet  who wrote and article claim that she derived the name Baily from Chaucers Harry Bailly in the Caterbury Tales. They go even further to suggest that A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a modern version of the Pardoners Tale. Blyth and Sweet greed for the hidden family silver causes O’Connors character to tale a path of their accident, and greed for gold leads Chaucers characters to death as well. They also both agreed that there were similarities in her work that emphasized the reality of violence in the modern world and accounted for the gruesome endings. Clearly her stories became the passage way between the sacred and the profane, or heaven and hell.( Blythe, Hal and Charlie Sweet. “O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find.’” Explicator 55, no. 1 (fall 1996): 49-51.)

In Stephan Gresham critical essay Things Darkly Buried: In Praise of “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (Gresham, Stephen. “Things Darkly Buried: In Praise of ‘A Good Man Is Hard to Find’.” Shenandoah, GALE vol. 60, no. 1-2, 2010, p. 17) Gresham gets the impression that when The Misfit, has Bailey taken into the woods and killed and then he is given Bailey shirt to put on, he probably does this in order to transform himself into someone else, so then people won’t label him as a murderer.    Almost all of O’Connor stories presented very similar and unique characters, themes as well as mistrust, religion, dysfunctional families, and death.  “A Good Man is Hard to Find” main character, the grandmother, was very strong and manipulative. The story was primarily works of moral fiction, which blends humor, irony and satire to create characters whose lives are misguided. Unsettling and grotesque is O’Connor’s way of making for a captivating plot. 

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