Good Country People Analysis

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Communication, the lack of, and the falsification of, are all cardinal themes in which Robert Frost bases his poem “Home Burial” on, and Flannery O’ Conner incorporates into her piece “Good Country People”. In “Home Burial” Frost perceives the proper functioning of communication as a difficult task, while in “Good Country People” O’Conner creates situations where specific characters mislead others into thinking they are something they are not. Both of these works allow readers to grasp the concept that communication can become a broken form if not properly and mannerly used. In “Home Burial” Frost describes a situation where a couple loses their young child, but the couples inability to properly communicate is what eventually causes the destruction …show more content…
Overall Frost incorporates enough blunt statements from the back and forth miscommunication of the couple that his readers are able to understand that failure to communicate is a key factor in the broken relationship the couple holds. 
 While miscommunication can lead to broken relationships it can also lead to false relationships. Flannery O’Connor emphasizes this particular theme in her short story “Good Country People”, where characters mislead others into believing that they are someone or something that they truly are not. A so called bible salesman by the name of Manley Pointer presents himself as a good christian country man. He claims, “I don’t know how to say a thing but to say it. I’m just a country boy” (O’Connor 450). 
 In the latter part of the story O’Connor reveals that Manley Pointer has misconceived his true image and lead a number of other characters to believe that he is a wholesome man. However, this particular claim is false, and the legitimate Manley Pointer is far from good country people: “He took one of [the bibles] out and opened the cover of it. It was hollow and contained a pocket flask of whiskey, a pack of cards, and a small blue box

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