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Old vs New South In Flannery OConnors stories A Good Man is Hard to Find and Good Country People a change from the old south to the new south is quite evident OConnor uses these stories to show the differences between the old and new south and to voice her disapproval as to what the south was becoming What upset OConnor about the new south can be shown by carefully examining and interpreting these storiesIn the story A Good Man is Hard to Find OConnor uses many different characters as representatives of different generations in the same family and uses these generations as examples of the change from the old to the new south OConnor uses the main character of the grandmother to represent what the south once was One of the characteristics of the old south that the grandmother displays is the need to keep herself looking like a lady For instance 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 seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady OConnor 11By giving the grandmother the great need to be dressed like a lady OConnor makes this character a throwback to a time of white gloves flowered hats and women always wearing dresses Situations like this firmly place the grandmother in a very old south roleContrary to the role of the grandmother OConnor uses the person she recognizes as the childrens mother to show what the south was becomingBailey didnt look up from his reading so she wheeled around then and faced the childrens mother a young woman in 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 the top like rabbits ears OConnor
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