A good Man is Hard to Find

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Topic 1: “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’ Connor (need 3 pages)


Choose a character from anyone of the short stories on the reading list from weekend one and examine three things that we know about his or her personality. Describe each of the three things in a full length paragraph, citing examples from the text. Your paper will consists of five paragraphs: an introduction, three body paragraphs (each of which explains one personality trait), and a conclusion.

Thesis statement:

You’re thesis statement will contain three adjectives about the character. For example, “The Grandmother in Flannery O’ Connor ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find ‘ is selfish, talkative and manipulative.”


Choose a character to focus on. (Be sure that you choose a character who is well developed so that you will have something to say about him or her.) Reread the story carefully, paying aloes attention to that character. As you read, jot down adjectives that describe the character. Choose the three adjectives that you think are the most important. Place them in climatic order, i.e., the most important one last. This will give you a rough outline. Now read the story again. Each time you find an example of one of the three adjectives you have chosen, summarize it on an index card and label which attribute it is. Be sure to keep track of the page numbers. You will use these examples to support each of your three adjectives.


Introduction: As noted above your thesis statement consists of a full sentence containing the title of the story, the name of the author and the three adjectives you have chosen, in order of their importance. The thesis statement should be the last sentence of you r introduction. In the rest of the introduction, give an overview of the story, leading up to your thesis statement.


The body (i.e., the riddle) of your essay will consists of the three paragraphs, one per personality trait. Examine each of the three traits in detail and use examples from the story to back up what you say. Your examples may be direct quotations or paraphrases of the text. Include the relevant page number in parentheses.


First, returned your thesis statement and restate it. (Don’t just repeat your previous thesis statement verbatim; rephrase it.) Then, examine how your analysis of the character contributes to our understanding of the story as a whole.


Put your essay away for twenty-four hours. Then read it again carefully to make sure that you have supported each adjective well. Make sure that if you have used direct quotations, you have integrated them into your sentences, and check to make sure you have quoted directly. Check paragraphs for unity, coherence, and development.

Required Text Book:
Literature and the Writing Process (8th Edition): Books: Elizabeth McMahan, Susan Day, Robert Funk.

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