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Foreshadowing in A Good Man is Hard to Find

            In the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, there are many examples of foreshadowing that O'Connor uses to enlighten the reader as they go along. O' Connor is preparing the reader from the beginning, for the ending she has in mind. The reader starts to suspect the tragic ending very early on in the story. The scenery describes an impending doom, from the gloomy forest and winding road, to the graveyards. Also, the grandmother is constantly dropping hints of what is to come by talking about the Misfit or referring to death and how much the world has gone wrong. The Misfit is constantly being alluded to throughout the story until the time he appears. O'Connor wants a lot of emphasis on the ending of the story to get her religious view point across to her readers. It seems that O'Connor truly wishes to describe the story in such a way that the reader can feel the message in their own heart.
             The first instance of foreshadowing is when the grandmother introduces the Misfit into the story. She does not want to go to Florida on the family vacation and tries everything in her power to change Bailey and her daughter-in-law's minds. She brings up the Misfit, a murderer escaped from federal prison said to be travelling to Florida, in an attempt to convince her son to go to Tennessee to visit some of her relations. She will not stay at home, but travels with the family, even though they are not going where she wants to go. The grandmother also decides to take her cat along on the trip, knowing that her son does not want to show up at a hotel with an animal. This gives the reader an idea that the cat is going to cause, at best, a bad argument. The grandmother has an obsession with being seen as a lady. She dresses in her Sunday best, "In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady" (258). This is clearly a foreshadowing of impending doom.

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