A Good man is hard to find and Good country people, are articles authored by Flannery O’Connor, deeply touching on mankind. Both of these articles have some similar issues talked about by Flannery in the context of her writing. For instance, she heavily touches on family wrangles; religion, untrustworthiness and death are issues that arise in her articles. The article Good country people is about a 30 year old lady who has a miserable life and is comfortable being that way. All the events revolving around these articles happen to occur from the south. This is evident because there is a statement made about aspects matching the southern climate.
The events and characters revolving around these articles arise from the past as their presentation puts them across. Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell are seen to be digging onions in the back pasture of their locations (Scott, 452). This in other words implies that the stories narrated in these two articles happen in the rural areas and not in urban centers. Still in the south, Flannery distinguishes between the old and the new south which varied in the modes of lifestyles in the past. Christian sentiments are evident in both the Good country people as well as in the article a Good man is hard to find. Themes of Christian theology are exposed as Flannery is a conscious catholic thus being able to match biblical sentiments with contemporary life issues. The author wisely uses her theological beliefs to expose violence and the conflict between good and evil. The author’s religious perspectives are exposed by majoring on both selfish actions and violence as portrayed by her characters.
Most of Fernery’s characters revolve around the realm of humanity unlike in the spiritual realm. This is visible in the case of the grandmother and Hulga do not accommodate the existence of Christ until things get worse. The acts of violence push both characters to the extreme to the extent of them fighting to seek Christianity (Meyer, 463). After a long period of fighting against religion, the grandmother turns to prayers which do not save her. The battle between good and evil is evident when unlike Hulga; a Bible salesman portrays the holiness of God. The difference between the old and the new south is portrayed by the grandmother who is said to take a long time preparing herself. This exposes the presentation and self-pride nature of the old south residents. Unlike the grandmother, the author brings about the new south by explaining how the children’s mother dresses.
Throughout these two stories, Fernery O’Connor exposes how life’s events end up changing her character’s opinions. Due to spiritual journeys, they end up transforming from the worst to better religion accommodating people. As a result of ego and personal pride, characters from both articles believe they stand in a better place than any other person (Scott, 457). The power of the omnipotent God is portrayed when people in problems turn to him by praying and not criticize religion as a whole.
In both the stories, the author uses a persuasive nature to emphasize on the importance of accommodating religion. She states that if there was someone shooting the grandmother any time, then she would be a strict Christian. Finally, both the story A good man is hard to find and the good country people, the author provides a tough and touching ending. This is because of some characters like the grandmother who end up losing their lives. The two stories thus have adequate similarities than differences allowing Franery to display her writing techniques.
Meyer, Michael. The Bedford introduction to literature: Reading, thinking, writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. 2011. Print.
Scott, Neil. Flannery O’Connor: An annotated reference guide to criticism. Milledgeville, Ga: Timberlane Books. 2002. Print.