Flannery O' Connor's "Good Country People" Essay

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1. - Introduction.

The biographic features of a writer usually have an influence on the development of his or her literary creation. The biographic influence is especially strong on the literary work of Flannery O'Connor. Her life and experiences are reflected through her work in themes, characters, descriptions and style. There are two important features of her life, which had marked the short stories and novels of Flannery O'Connor: The South of the United States and her religion, Catholicism. These two aspects are reflected in her vision of life, society and above all in the vision of the human race.

"Question: To whom or to what do you attribute your view of human being?

Flannery O'Connor: Probably to being a Catholic and a
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This illness affected her legs and her hip, so she used crutches all her life.

Flannery O'Connor had to back to Milledgeville and leave her previous independent life. She and her mother started to live in a farm called "Andalusia." Her mother, Regina, was a very important figure in Flannery's life and especially during the hard process of her illness. Her mother had a tough and domineering personality. O'Connor usually describes Regina in her short stories; for example Mrs. Cope ("A Circle of the Fire") or Mrs. May ("Greenleaf") are very active and self-confident widows.

O'Connor kept working despite of her illness. She was a very perfectionist writer and she rewrote many of her stories. When medicines seemed to stop the ailments of her illness, O'Connor started to accept invitations in order to give some lectures in universities and congresses.

O'Connor was totally dedicated to her literary work until the day of her death. Flannery O'Connor died in 1964.

3. - Literary creation of Flannery O'Connor.

The literary creation of Flannery O'Connor is not lengthy because of her short life and her difficult conditions to write with her illness. Her works is principally formed by short stories; she only wrote two novels. Her first short stories were "The geranium", published in literary magazines in 1946, and later in her Master's Thesis "The Barber", "Wild Cat", "The Crop", "The Turkey", "The train." The most important

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