Satire In Good Country People

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Flannery O’Conner’s reputation follows two volumes of short stories with one appearing when she was alive - A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955). The other one Everything That Rises Must Converge was produced in post-humus following her death. Flannery O’Conner is the author of many great short stories that normally introduces to the audience very similar, yet very unique characters (Lanzen and Fitzgerald 337). For instance, “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” both have characters who are trouble maintaining individuality consistence and have to deceive others. The main characters, grandmother from “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and Manle Pointer the salesman from “Good Country People” are great examples of such characters who…show more content…
She is presented as a woman who is still tied in the southern ways of living and does not have an easy time letting the reality of what times have turned into sink,. The author states.” In my time…, children were more respectful of their native states and their parents” (650). In a satirical enclose, the reader may be misled to think that due to this little satirical speech grandmother deserves more respect. However, this notion goes down the drain as grandmother starts her manipulation ways to get things done in her way - “there was a secret panel in this house,” she said in a crafted lie. Her biggest show of hypocrisy however comes when she pleads with misfits not to end her life using a very satirical statement of hypocrisy and God at the same time. It is confusing how grandmother uses manipulation to meet her ends while believing in God at the same time. Grandmother is manipulative, hypocrite, even despicable, better even due to her satirical presentation, she is best described as a wicked irony. On the other hand, Manly Pointer, who at the start is satirically presented as pure blend of an individual who is trustworthy as he distributes bibles from household to the next - “just a country boy” (639). However towards the end it all comes to light that his true intentions were otherwise as he steals the artificial limb of Hulga. In fact, he shouts back, “I hope you don’t think that I believe in that crap” (647) as a reaction to Hulga calling him “just good country people” (647). Apparently, he even breaks the commandments. Pointer is satirical presentation of opportunist who play trustworthy and honest until the best chance to strike presents
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