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A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Good Country People

1165 words - 5 pages

Alexis Doan
Professor Graybill
English 102 H
Similarities in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People”
Throughout literature many different short stories share common themes and structures. Two similar short stories with common character structures and theme include “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner. Looking at these two short stories and comparing the similarities is important in understanding all the symbols and the overall meaning the author wishes to portray. Flannery O’Conner’s overall message of both short stories is the idea of religion and what makes a person good by using the idea of good vs evil to compare the ...view middle of the document...

After the wreck, the misfit appears and the grandmother’s attitude flips. She pleads for her life, acting like a frail old woman who shouldn’t be harmed saying, “You wouldn't shoot a lady, would you? The grandmother said and removed a clean handkerchief from her cuff and began to slap at her eyes with it” (1167). Both characters from these two short stories start off with different attitudes and overall flip to become the opposite of what the reader originally believed. The grandmother starts shifts to become more religious at the end by having a religious awakening involving the misfit, unlike Manley who goes from the idea of a perfect Christian man to the ultimate sinner. This creates some contrast in the two characters.
Theme is also another similarity that both “A Good Man is Hard to find” and “Good Country People” have. One reoccurring theme in both stories is the idea of what defines a good person. This question is seen throughout both novels, and is commonly interpreted differently between the reader and the characters of the story. In “ A Good Man is Hard to Find” the grandmother believes that she is a good person, although the readers knows that this is not true due to the many times she criticizes her own family. An example of this is when she compares herself to the children’s mother by saying

The children's mother still had on slacks and still had her head tied up in a green kerchief, but the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone
Seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.(1161)

She uses the term good folk to describe people who are godly and moral such as herself, but the reader knows that she is fake and only looks out for herself. When addressing the misfit and the possibility of death the grandmother says “I know you're a good man. You don't look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people"(1167). In “Good Country People”...

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