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A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Good Country People are two short stories written by Flannery OConnor during her short lived writing career Despite the literary achievements of OConnors works she is often criticized for the grotesqueness of her characters and endings of her short stories and novels Her writings have been described as understated orderly unexperimental fiction with a Southern backdrop and a Roman Catholic vision in defiance it would seem of those restless innovators who preceded her and who came into prominence after her deathFriedman 4 A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Good Country People are both set in the South and OConnor explores the tension between the old and new South The stories are tow ironically twisted tales of different families whos lives are altered after trusting a stranger only to be mislead Each story explores the themes of Christian theology new verses the old South and fallen human nature In A Good Man Is Hard To Find OConnor introduces the reader to a family representative of the old and new Southern culture The grandmother represents the old South by the way in which she focuses on her appearnace manners and gentile ladylike behavior OConnor writes her collars and cuffs were 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 ladyOConnor 118 In this short story the wild diproportion of the terms the vapid composure that summons up the ultimate violence only to treat it as a rare social opportuinty and the cool irony with which OConnor presents the sentence makes it both fearful and ludicrousAsals 132 The irony that OConnor uses points out the appalling characteristics of the grandmothers self-deception that her clothes make her a lady and turns it into a comic matter Flannery OConnor
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