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Jun 29, 2012

Discussing "A Good Man is Hard to Find"


Here are a few discussion questions for considering Flannery O'Connor's classic story "A Good Man is Hard to Find." 

In literature we often say that character is destiny.  How does the Grandmother engineer her own destruction? 

Who is the protagonist? Does the story have a hero? An anti-hero? Dig into the contradictions.  

Religion – what is the role of Christianity in this story? 

Salvation. Is anyone saved? How to explain the Grandmother’s smile in death? 

Who is the most thoughtful character in the story? The most deliberative? The most philosophical? Who is struggling the most with issues of life, death, and salvation? Who has the most insight into their own character, their own nature?