Good Country People Vs A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Mistrust, religion, dysfunctional families, and death are all topics that come up at one time or another during Fannery O'Connor's symbolic tales "Good Country People" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find". "Good Country People" is a story about a simple mother, her 30 year old daughter who likes being miserable, and the man that steals her leg and teachers her a lesson in life. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a story about a dysfunctional family who goes on vacation and are killed on the way there by an escaped convict named the Misfit. Flannery O'Connor's GCP and GMHF, although they may seem different, have very common traits within them including the setting, the characters and the structure."Good Country People" and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" both have very similar settings in their stories. First off, both take place in the South. "I see you ain't many of them figs you put up last summer" (2112) is said by Mrs. Freeman in GCP and shows the southern kind of talk that takes place in the story. "I wouldn't talk about my native state that way. Tennessee has the mountains and Georgia has the Hills" (118) is said by the grandmother from GMHF in response to her grandson making fun of Georgia. This obviously shows that the story takes place in the South. Another common trait of GCP and GMHF is that they both happen in the past. Flannery O'Connor wrote both of these stories in the 1950's and they were considered modern stories of the time. The last thing that the two stories have in common is that they both take place in a rural area. "Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman, who were in the back pasture, digging onions" (2125) is a quote from GCP that describes how the story takes place in the country. "All at once they would be on a hill looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around" (124) from GMHF describes the huge forests of the rural setting in the story.As like the setting, the story's characters also have very common similarities. Once such similarity is that in these stories the male characters are very disgruntle. In GCP, Manley Pointer first appears to be a kind country man who sells bibles, but by the end of the story he turns out to be a bad guy who steals Hulga's wooden leg. Likewise in GMHF the male characters are also very grumpy. "Will you all shut up? Will you all just shut up for one second? If you don't shut up, we won't go anywhere" (123). This is said by Bailey while driving the car. The Kids were yelling so he stops the car and starts yelling back at them. Not only are the males disgruntle, but the kids in both stories are also very disturbed. Hulga from GCP, although she is grown...

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