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The anecdotes A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Comforts of Home will be examined with respect to color

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8 May 2005 English 11 SL Flannery O'Conner - Color Connotations The anecdotes A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Comforts of Home will be examined with respect to color connotation and imagery. This essay will discuss how colors affect the reader's abstract senses and emotions. Colors are also used to suggest the nature of the piece and characters within. Various cultures perceive colors differently which could change a reader's perspective. A Good Man is Hard to Find is told from the grandmother's point of view. The first significant color is describing her son's wife. "... a young woman is slacks, whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on top like rabbit's ears." The use of this color is ambiguous. It could be construed as either positive or negative. The positive is that it may be suggesting the woman's youth, fertility and vigor. The negative connotation is the grandmother's jealousy and envy towards her youthfulness. ...read more.

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Her conservatism is validated by her attitude towards the children, the Negro child and her conviction in the "good ol' days". Color is used not only to portray characters and their perception but is also used to depict scenery which establishes the ambiance. "They turned onto the dirty road... along in a swirl of pink dust." This imagery is very mystic and reminiscent of the stars and beyond; the unknown. "All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, [and] then the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them." Throughout this paragraph, the reader is cycling between heaven and hell. While at the top of the hill, blue depicts heaven, tranquility, and calmness. As they descend, the use of red represents depression, fire, hell, and violence. This is the moment when the antagonists are en medias res. ...read more.

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Despite Thomas's fearful reverence of his father, the depiction is comical to the reader. This shows Thomas's submissive personality. As in A Good Man is Hard to Find, the colors become more violent and dark as the reader progresses. Preceding red and black on the last two pages, the color yellow appears. "[The dog] opened one yellow eye, took him in, and closed it again." This indicates and Thomas's cowardice and avarice. He is greedy because he wants his house and mother's attention. Violence shortly ensues. Black is related to Sarah twice; although there is only one reference to black regarding Thomas. Thrice were both characters correlated with red, demonstrating they mutually played a role in the death of the mother. Colors are in effect word-pictures which work by a method of association. Images and emotions are created when readers make connotations of colors within the text. In United States of America, white is a representation of purity, peace, cleanliness, innocence and marriage; however, in China, white is symbolic of mourning and death. Universally, blue has the fewest negative connotations across various cultures. ...read more.

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