Flannery O’Connor is thought about as the one of the most essential American gothic writer in the 20th century. As readers, we check out different narratives that we frequently consider the various things that make the story insightful and intriguing. In Flannery O’Connor’s, “An Excellent Male is Hard to Find”, a household travels to Florida for the summer season getaway. Bailey, kid of the Grandma, brings his household to Florida for a holiday, nevertheless Bailey’s mom, The Grandmother, doesn’t appear to be thrilled about going to Florida. The Grandmother reads a paper mentions “The Misfit”, a fugitive wrongdoer who got away at the Federal Penitentiary, being on the loose, which her household did not heed her story and ignored her completely. The Granny faces her ultimate demise as she satisfies The Misfit to her death. In Flannery O’Connor’s “An Excellent Male is Tough to Discover”, she accomplished resolving the misconceptions of the significance of goodness by utilizing the third individual point-of-view restricted, also the trainings of the Grandmother which impacted her attitude and perception of her life whereas the choice of setting in the story symbolises the worries and uncertainties of the world.
The use of third person point-of-view minimal enables the story to focus exclusively on the Grandmother’s minimal knowledge, due to the fact that the Grandmother has some knowledge of the details within herself however she doesn’t share it to readers, due to the fact that she wants it to keep it to herself and keeping it. For instance, the Grandmother’s perspective is revealed by illustrating, “‘The children have been to Florida before,’ the old lady said. ‘You all should take them somewhere else for a change so they would see various parts of the world and be broad. They never ever have actually been to east Tennessee.'” (413 ). The Granny’s point of view selfishly firmly insists Bailey, to go Tennessee rather than taking a trip down to Florida, asserting that going to Tennessee is a much better place for a family holiday and claiming that taking a trip to Tennessee is a great location for a getaway and easier travel than Florida. Her tone in this dialogue is concerned an extremely unladylike behaviour which it shows that the Granny has a façade which reflects through her behaviour and attitude which it exposes her egotism and pettiness of herself. Likewise, her point-of-view is limited due to the fact that the story is generally focused on the Grandmother. Moreover, the Grandmother is annoyed at her family for not listening what she needs to state therefore triggering her to be more annoying to the rest of her family by babbling about things she can think about such as the day being, “a good day for driving, neither too hot nor too cold, and she cautioned Bailey that the speed limit was fifty-five miles an hour and the patrolmen concealed themselves behind signboards… sped out after you before you had a chance to slow down” (414 ). At this point, the Grandmother begins to aggravate her own household and to her kid, Bailey, whilst he is driving the vehicle troubling Bailey to b a good motorist. This also indicates that the Grandmother’s insistence of being viewed of being “good” reviews the story as it exhibits itself on her own point of view which it concentrates on her however the narrator has a minimal viewpoint of other characters which it shows in the dialogue of the story. Likewise, the Grandmother’s perspective assesses the tone of the discussion that she displays in the what the Grandma really is as a character, character details informs us the mindset of the character in which their behaviour and attitude reveals in the story.
The character information have to do with the actions and understanding that is known to us or even info that is kept to us readers. The reason the Grandma matured in that duration is due to the fact that ladies in that age are should look after their children, teach them the proper Christian worths and teach them proper rules and quirks towards others. However, when it comes to the Grandmother, her actions do not show her mindset nor mannerism but rather she has shown ignorance and conceit towards herself and to her family also. For example, The Granny made a remark to her grandson, John Wesley, about those 2 states, Georgia and Tennessee, she said that, “‘If I were a little kid,’ said the grandmother, ‘I wouldn’t talk about my native state that way. Tennessee has the mountains and Georgia has the hills'” (414 ). This dialogue reviews how the Grandmother is revealing ignorance towards her grandson and it reveals her action shows her character and thus, it provides us sign that the Granny is putting herself high and magnificent and it shows that she is conceitful person. Moreover, her conceit is exhibited in the story as she stated to Red Sammy that, “People are certainly are not good like they used to be” (417 ). Her conceit demonstrates how the Granny think lowly towards others and by stating that “individuals are certainly not great”, indicates to us that the Granny is acting in a condescending manner which it exposes her conceitful behaviour and thus, the understanding of goodness it revolves around being the “excellent” male and others are not so much that “good” in her own view. Setting figures out the story’s location, in which our ideas are being challenged to dealt with the situation.
The reason that the author selects the dirt road as a choice of setting in the story is since the dirt roadway is where we face our supreme demise in this world. As suppose to a forest, the forest is our unknown territory where we faced our own unpredictabilities, doubts and fears of the world. However likewise, the dirt roadway has an undertone of our own end of our mortal life here in the world which O’Connor utilizes the side of the dirt roadway as a choice of setting to advise us readers that this where the Grandmother faced her demise. For instance, O’Connor describes that, “The dirt roadway was sloping and there were sudden washes in it and sharp curves on unsafe embankments” (419 ). This description of the dirt roadway represents in this story is a representation of a foreshadowing which the “embankments” are used to avoid the rivers to flood in a specific area, however also, embankments are utilized to signify as what may be the future resting location for the Granny and her household. The author likewise uses the ditch as a last location where the Grandmother meets the Misfit and eventually ends up being the downfall of her. The ditch in the story is refers to as high, dark and deep which it represents as a tomb. The choice of setting is a big part in the advancement of the story as it links the dots of the different ideas that author exhibits in the story.
Flannery O’Connor attained by writing the story of, “A Great Man is Difficult to Discover”, as we are found out the mistaken beliefs of the idea of “goodness” in the story by recognizing the perspective of the Grandma which she has actually restricted perspective towards, attitude and quirks that impacted the Grandmother to discover the meaning of “goodness” in her life. Likewise, the significance of embankment and ditch which it defines our resting place for the sake of goodness of our life. The understanding of goodness does not come on how we act or act outside but rather, the definition of goodness has to do with living the life with kindness not how we act or act prim and correct in our lives.