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Mary Flannery Oconnor wrote two short stories entitled Good Country People and Revelation Oconner displays similarities between the characters and the differences in the role they play at the end of their stories Inside the two short stories are four characters Joy and Manly Pointer from Good country people and Mary Grace and Mrs Turpin from Revelation Consider the similarities between Joy and Mary Grace the nineteen-year-old teenager with sever acne problems Oconner describes both women having bright vividly blue eyes Her eyes icy blue with the look of someone who has achieved blindness by an act and means to keep it Oconner Country 417 Like Joy Mary Graces eyes become brilliantly blue when she attacks Mrs Turpin with her thick blue book They seemed a much lighter blue than before as if a door that had been tightly closed behind them was now open to admit light and air Oconner Revelation 452 She also describes Joy as being a large woman with an apparent affliction Joy was her daughter a large blonde girl who had an artificial leg Oconner Country 416 Mary Graces description is the same Next to her was a fat girl of eighteen or nineteen scowling into a thick blue book which Mrs Turpin saw was entitled Human Development Oconner Revelation 444 Although Joy and Mary Grace compare immensely they contrast drastically in age and roles played in their stories Examine the differences between Joy and Mary Grace Joy is a much older woman than Mary Grace It was hard for Mrs Hopewell to realize that her child was thirty-two now and that for more than twenty years she had had only one leg Oconner Country 418 Oconner characterizes Mary Grace as A teenager of eighteen or nineteen years old The final contrast between Joy and Mary Grace is their position at the end of the two stories Joy Becomes a victim to a young man named Manly Pointer who
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