Good People, Good Stories

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Allie Medina

2/20/13

“Good” People, Good Stories

Many characters in short stories or novels can relate in one way or another whether it be the place or time period they are set in, their personalities, or their involvement with other characters. The storylines in “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” are very similar, but the characters are somewhat different in how they act when put in a stressful situation. Flannery O’Connor uses her knowledge of religion in her stories and relates her characters to the life that is most familiar to her. She incorporates her faith in God into her stories which create a different feel to the plot and characters.

In “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, both stories are about a dysfunctional family who are deceived by a stranger who turns out to be a criminal. They compare in many other aspects as well. The grandmother in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and the woman in “Good Country People” both are stubborn in what they believe and how they want people to act around them. The grandmother wanted the children to act very polite and proper when they were around her and she also wanted the adults to act and believe the same way she did as well. The mother also acted very stubborn with the salesman when she first met him. She didn’t want to believe what he had to say about the bible he was selling and he wasn’t going to change her mind on the way she thought. The time period is also similar in both stories because they both take place in the 1950s. The comparisons in both stories obviously come from the writer Flannery O’Connor. She was living in this time and these stories were modern in their day which made them entertaining for all who read them.

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Although there were many similarities in both stories, there were also some differences. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, the children and other adults play a large role in the plot and character development throughout the story as in...
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