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Since the establishment of organized civilization men have used religious propaganda to control and dominate women From forcing them to dress a certain way to being in charge of the level of education they receive male religious figureheads seek to keep women from reaching their full potential In the short stories Good Country People and A Good Man is Hard to Find the author Flanner OConnor depicts two separate but similar tales Each story details the horrific final demise of both women that leaves them physically and mentally damaged and destroyed The Misfit in A Good Man is Hard to Find leaves the grandmother dead shot from bullet wounds in the chest The Bible Salesman in Good Country People leaves Hugla formally known as Joy Hopewell alone in an empty barn with her fake leg and her glasses stolen from her A male who is created and surrounded by religious symbolism gives both the grandmother and Hugla salvation from their unfulfilling lives In the short stories A Good Man is Hard to Find and Good Country People both written by Flannery OConnor the stories have the female protagonist overpowered by a religious male antagonist mimicking how religion victimizes women After people pass away their family and friends turn their deceased loved one into the perfect human being When a grandfather passes away people sit around the tell stories about the fishing trips they used to go on not how he was a horrible racist In the beginning of both short stories the grandmother and Hugla are created in a very unpleasant light In A Good Man is Hard to Find the grandmother is this horrible old woman who tells everybody how to act makes politically incorrect comments and is extremely self-centered OConnor writes 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
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