The Function of Setting, Character, and Symbol in the Short Story

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Charlie in the Box on the Island of Misfit Toys from “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” 1964

Our next short story (Sep. 10 & 11) is Flannery O’Connor’s classic “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”  (or here as a doc) Again, use literary patterns, setting, and character to decode the symbolism and put together what moral, social, or spiritual experience this story represents.  How do we end up with misfits in our society and what are the consequences?  And what the heck does he mean “she would of been a good woman, [ . . . ] “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life” (O’Connor)? The Canvas assignment is here, and a supplemental reading is here: The Element of Suspense in A Good Man is Hard to Find  Enjoy!

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Banksy, “Show me the Monet” from CBS News

EXTRA CREDIT:  “Greasy Lake” by T. Coragessan Boyle.  Here you will need to use literary patterns and setting (like in “Hunters in the Snow”) along with tone and point of view to discern character: what are these boys really like?

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