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Throughout many of the literary works of Flannery OConnor one can catch the reflections of her own life spread throughout the stories and characters she creates The themes she deals with are often ones that she struggled with in her own day to day life OConnors piece Good Country People is no exception One of the main characters Joy or Hulga as she preferred to be called is a logical positivist only taking into account things that are right in front of her face She feels that faith in things that cannot be explain by fact such as God or love are merely illusions a weakness only simple minded people fall prey to Her perception leaves nothing to look forward to in life nothing to anticipate nothing but nothing The notion that this world is in itself the be-all and the end-all was considered an absurdity to Flannery OConnor and she was not slow to correct anyone who might challenge her ideologies This message is found recurring again and again in Good Country People By examining the different literary devices and literary perspectives used such as her reverse feministic approach and imbedded contradictions through mirroring characters one can begin an in depth study of what Flannery OConnor was trying to get across to her audience In an attempt to overcome the stereotypes put upon female authors of her time Flannery OConnor made an effort to fashion herself a serious writer worthy of critical attention traditionally denied lady writers of the South Traditionally the only writers who were worthy of respect and praise at the time that OConnor wrote some of her best works were men In an effort to curb some of these prejudices set against her for being a woman OConnor wrote with more masculine undertones By eliminating strong independent female characters and voices throughout her works she created a more acceptable environment for her male audience thus gaining the respect she yearned for
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