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ECON 103- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 43 pages long!)


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Course Code
ECON 103
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ECON 103
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Monika 1
Monika Kulwikowska
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31st July 2017
Flannery O’Connor is one of the names that will not fail to be mentioned when talking
about southern gothic style of fiction. Without keeping a Christian background in mind it can be
very difficult to interpret her work ad this applies to her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find.
A family of six (Grandmother, Bailey, The mother, June Star, John Wesley and the baby) are on
their way to a vacation in Florida despite the Grandmother being against it as she wanted them to
head to Tennessee encounters a dangerous criminal The Misfit together with his crew who goes
ahead to murder them in cold blood. Religion, symbolism and Fore shadowing are some of the
main concepts O’Connor utilizes to pass her message throughout the story.
Instances of fore shadowing are common in this short story from the beginning there is a
constant mention of The Misfit even though no one has the exact idea where he is as it is only
mentioned that he is headed in the direction of Florida, this prepares the reader that at one time in
the story The Misfit is likely to appear. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is a loose
from the Federal Pen and headed towards Florida”. After the family has had the accident the use
of fore shadowing intensifies, the Grandmother sees a car heading towards their direction and
she goes ahead to flag it down. The vivid description of the car being “It was a big black battered
hearse-like automobile”. A hearse transports the body of a deceased person and it is usually a
symbol of death. With it arriving at the scene, the reader is notified that death is on the way
coming and it is only a matter of time.
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At the start of the journey the family passes through a cotton field. “They passes a large
cotton field with five or six graves fenced in the middle of it like a small island”. This graves
may be a fore shadow of what will happen to the family as they are also six individuals in it. This
equates to the number of graves in tis cotton field. O’Connor goes ahead to describe how the
graves looked like an island an in this she may be symbolizing that in death each and every
individual is usually alone. Islands are known to be very lonely places as there are few people
there. This may also represent the fact that an island is surrounded by water and also it is a lonely
place. The circumstances in which the grandmother and her family die resembles this situation as
they are surrounded by cold hearted killers.
In this short story O’Connor writes about Good versus Evil where by the good is
represented by the grandmother and the evil represented by The Misfit. The grandmother is
described as the savior with grace whose purpose is to save the Misfit from evil. She is portrayed
as the good character in the story and even at the end she while talking to the misfit she reaches
out and touches him. Through this gesture, she offers the Misfit salvation and grace though he
denies it. Although the grandmother represents good, it is ironical that she has many flaws, she
values earthly property a lot especially money. She also values her looks and how people see her,
before they left for Florida, O’Connor gives a vivid description of how she is wearing
But the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with dot in the print. Her collars
and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at the neckline she had pinned a
purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case pf an accident anyone seeing her
dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.
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