The Irony in O"conner's Surprise story.
There are many perceptions of a grandmother throughout the world, most include .
loving, caring, considerate, passionate, and the most unselfish. In O"conners view point, .
his description of a grandmother is quite different, which is what throws the reader off. .
Throughout his story the grandmother is the cause of all of the harm done to her family .
and she seemingly only cares about her own well being. But with our own innocent .
perception of a grandmother we are not prepared for what O"conner has in store for us. .
He uses irony in many ways to work his way up to his surprise ending. Three different .
kinds of irony to be specific, verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. O"conners use of .
these three kinds of irony in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is effective in relation to the .
suprising ending of this story. .
Verbal irony is stressing the importance of an idea by stating the opposite of what .
is meant. There are many instances in the story where O"conner uses verbal irony .
make his shocking ending. One instance is at the end of the story, when the grandma and .
the misfit are having and in depth conversation, they seem to be fighting over the power .
of the conversation. O"conner gives you many instances when the grandmother is in .
control of the conversation with the misfit. For one instance, the grandmother is .
standing over the misfit at one point, looking down on him asking him "do you ever .
pray?" He answers no but he tries saving his answer by telling her that he was a gospel .
singer for a while. She is in control here. But in reality she is not. The misfit is going to .
kill her and she has no control over that. So O"conners use of verbal irony here is making .
the grandmother seem in control of the conversation when in reality she is not in control .
of the situation or "predicament" she is in. Another use of verbal irony in the story is .
again in the ending.