Character Analysis Through Politeness in A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

Le Thi Bich Thuan


This paper analyses the grandmother, the main character, in A Good Man Is Hard to Find, one of Flannery O’Connor’s most famous short stories, in the light of pragmatic conversation, mainly including the theory of politeness. On the basis of the results, it has been concluded that the framework from pragmatics can provide effective tools for enhancing the understanding and interpretation of the character development in the study of literary works. This study is hopefully supposed to be beneficial for the specialists and analysts in the field of pragmatics and literature.


Conversation analysis theory; politeness theories; face theory; character analysis; A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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