Flannery O ' Connor 's `` Good Country People And The True Meaning Behind This Short Story

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There have been numerous attempts to analyze Flannery O’Connor’s, “Good Country People” and the true meaning behind this short story. Some scholars specifically focus on the representation of religion, violence, Nihilism, and her place as a Southern writer in “Good Country People.” Scholars mostly use the characters, Joy-Hulga who has only one leg and many personal problems, her mother, Mrs. Hopewell who wants her daughter to be what society expects of her, and the Bible salesman, Manley Pointer, a character that appears to be someone he 's not, to argue their stance on this short story. Three specific scholarly articles notice the mother-daughter relationship presented in the story, the similarities between the story and O’Connor’s personal life, and the use of classical tradition that can be seen throughout her work.
The scholarly discussion in Carol M. Andrews’ article, “Hyphenated Identity in ‘Good Country People’ and ‘Everyday Use’” focuses on the development of a conflict between mothers and daughters. Andrews compares the similarities between Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” by pointing out the “shared landscape” and “the shared tensions within the families” in both short stories (133). She also shows how in each story both daughters are caught between two incompatible identities, in which they both become vulnerable to hyphenated identity. Andrews then identifies that both mothers are powerless in trying to not only change…

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