Read the New Yorker article “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor,” posted under Course Materials with the story. After reading it, write a response to the following prompt:
Does knowing this information about O’Connor change your feelings about her story? Why or why not and in what way(s)?
Do you think we should continue to read literary works by authors whose behavior or beliefs are wrong?
How does this impact your understanding of literary value and/or the literary canon? What problems might exist with our existing definitions of literature and/or our labels of greatness?For Week Three of our course, we will be working in our Short Story and Poetry units. Here is how that work breaks down:
1) Review the Short Story Lesson slides with narration
2) Read O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (posted under Course Materials)
3) For more on the story, check out these YouTube videos:
Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS1OsrmS8hk&t=23s
Part Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBDyNjztNz8
Part Three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeUvUUo0PEE
Part Four: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sTYweBdiVY
Part Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6504QYxjLw
Answer the following writing prompt:
Compare & contrast The Misfit and the grandmother. Do they come to seem more different or more alike over the course of the story? In what ways?
Who is more of a “good person,” do you think: the Grandmother or the Misfit (if you had to choose one)? Why did you make that choice?