Now, use scholarship to better understand your interpretation. Find a scholarly article that responds to the literary work you selected for Paper 1 (it often works really well if the article takes a different/opposing position than you do). Read the article, and then answer the following questions about it:
A. What is the thesis (main point) of the article?
B. What are the major points that support the author’s thesis?
C. What is the method of development used in the article? Does the author use textual evidence through references to the text that is under consideration? Or does the author rely more upon the history, religion, or culture surrounding the creation of the text? Or does the author rely upon the opinions written by previous authors? Do you detect any of the critical perspectives we’ve studied in class (ex. Feminism, Psychological criticism, etc.) being used to interpret the primary text?
D. How effective is the author in persuading the reader of the correctness of the thesis and the adequacy of the supporting points? Incorporate references to your own interpretation of the primary text here.
E. In what ways could this article be more effective? Should there be a different method of development? Should there be different or more points in support of the thesis? Why or why not? Again, incorporate references to the primary text in these answers if appropriate. (2 pages)
Below is Paper 1.
Needs to be completed by tomorrow.Mosquea 1
ENG 102 EL
20 September 2020
The Finding of a Good Man
Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is one of the most confusing and disturbing and yet interesting pieces of work. It is a story that both the author and the majority of its readers have a different interpretation of the same. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a story about a family who is convinced by the Grandmother to visit East Tennessee instead of Florida for vacation. As they were passing Georgia to arrive at East Tennessee, the family had an accident in the woods. Shortly after, a killer named the Misfit met the family and killed the entire family with his friends. The intentions of the author are often misunderstood in the current setting. Despite the multiple interpretations of the story, O’Connor displays different themes and qualifies to create an interesting noir. The definition of a ‘good man’ is illusory, as the protagonist gave a mixed reference to what warrants a person to be good. That leads to different viewpoints of morality. Through the Grandmother, it is evident that morality, selfishness, and grace are the main issues that the author wanted to put across.
From the onset of the story, the grandmother is portraying a selfish personality. The family wants to visit Florida, but she convinces her son and the entire family to go to Tennessee (O’Connor 2). She led her family to an unknown destination that would later lead to their death due to her quest for an imaginary mansion. Having known that the house she was looking for was found in a different state, she still insisted that they looked for it. When it reached a time of killing her, Grandma pleaded to the Misfit to spare her life. It appears that she only cared for herself. Sik termed her actions as self-centered (232). Apart from selfishness, the Grandmother was corrupt and wicked.
A character’s judgement can be deemed as unreliable when the character is corrupt and wicked like the Grandmother. This allows for two distinct perspectives of morality to occur between two of the main characters. It is naive for someone to conclude that the Misfit was immoral, while the grandmother was moral. In describing what is good, the grandmother tells her son that she was a good man when he let strangers charge their gasoline (O’Connor 10). In this case, Red Sam was gullible, and the grandmother terms it as good. When pleading with the Misfit not to be killed, she called him a good man. “I know you’re a good man. You don’t look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people!” (O’Connor 41). If both Red Sam and the Misfit were good men, then really, a good man is hard to find. In this case, being good does not mean morals but rather being consistent. According to Bonney, the Misfit is likened to Christ, who is mandated to ask morally serious questions (347).
Although it is hidden, the main reason O’Connor wrote the story was to displ