This project looks at “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor, “John Redding Goes To Sea” by Zora Neale Hurston, and “The Sky Is Gray” by Ernest J. Gaines to examine the Southern Gothic genre, its conceptions of family, and the role of religion in creating themes, symbols, and images. The setting of the Southern United States is examined through the problems pointed out by the use of the Southern Gothic and the changes these authors purport at the level of family construction and societal structures. The authors’ own biographies and their religious beliefs are used to inform analyses of each story that supports the necessity of change within Southern society and to define the solutions each author provides for moving away from the violence of the past and present.


Kammer, Charles

Second Advisor

Maclean, Robert


English; Religious Studies


Arts and Humanities

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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