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The Absurd Theme in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

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DOI: 10.25236/icemet.2017.009


Yang Zhao

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Yang Zhao


Flannery O’Connor is a celebrated 20th century American woman writer. Her stories seem to be easy and humorous; actually they are shocking and startling. Irregular plot, blood and violence, gloomy religion, typical southern setting, together with groups of freakish, demonic people enchant O’Connor’s works with special glamour. Her short novel “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is her most highly regarded work. This paper focuses on the analysis of main characters, plots and some symbolic details and images in order to interpret O’Connor’s metaphoric elaboration and exploitation of this absurd theme, and help readers sufficiently comprehend this philosophical theme that has thoroughly exposed absurdity and hypocrisy of morality and civilization in western society


Absurdity, Alienation, Human nature, Metaphor.