Now that you have read a few of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, examined them in our discussion forums, reviewed my lectures on those stories (hope so), and have carefully read the Research Project Instructional Guide with all of the other required reading, you are ready to begin. A good starting point is devising a clear thesis statement with a plan of development to help focus your online research and to guide your essay drafting. Here’s what you must do.
- Choose one Research Project prompt, choose the story that you would like to compare/contrast with “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” and the three literary devices that you will compare/contrast between the two stories. Then create a thesis and plan of development for your research project.
- In this forum, you must either post your introductory paragraph (includes thesis and plan of development) or just your thesis and plan of development.
Prompt I Chose : Along with Flannery Oâ€™Connorâ€™s â€œA Good Man Is Hard to Find,â€ select another one of her â€œtraveling storiesâ€ in which one or more characters are traveling somewhere (or have in the past). Assuming that her traveling stories are symbolic of the wandering believer, compare and contrast three leading literary devices that Oâ€™Connor uses in the two stories to reveal this journey to redemption and grace.
Common Literary Devices: conflict, allegory, imagery, symbolism, metaphor, theme, irony, symbolism, hyperbole, foreshadowing, characterization, plot pattern, setting, point-of-viewâ€¦etc.