A Good Man Is Hard And Good Country People By Flannery O ' Connor

2428 WordsJun 15, 201510 Pages
In the short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People,” Flannery O’Connor writes about violence. The violence in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” surprises the reader because it is unexpected. Flannery O’Connor lulls the reader into a false sense of security and then pulls the rug out from under you at the end of the story. The violence is found within the character “The Misfit” and in his murderous actions. The violence in “Good Country People” is found within the character Hulga Hopewell and her hostility toward her mother, religion, and herself. Flannery O’Connor uses violence to criticize the hypocrisy of certain ideas and accepted cultural and religious norms. Textual evidence is necessary in this essay to prove the idea that Flannery O’Connor uses violence in these two stories to criticize the hypocrisy in the characters. In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the hypocrisy and selfishness of the grandmother brings about all of the conflict in the story. As John Desmond notes in his essay “Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit and the Mystery of Evil,” “her [the grandmother’s] lying and selfishness lead directly to the accident and the subsequent murder of her family” (133). The grandmother deceitfully coaxes her son Bailey and his family into going to Tennessee because she wants to, even though no one else in the family has any desire to go there. The grandmother considers herself a lady and a “good Christian woman” (133), but she
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