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Good Country People by Flannery O'Connor

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Good Country People by Flannery O'Connor
Discussion Questions
Unique Twist
K: How did it happen?
Discuss O'Connor's use of irony in "Good Country People"
Response Journal Question
Flannery O'Connor
March 5, 1925-August 3, 1964
Born in Savanna Georgia
She was Roman Catholic
She attended Georgia State College for Women

She became ill i1950 with lupus which is what her father died from when she was 13. She later died from lupus in 1964.
Her first book was published in 1955 called Wise Blood
She won many awards including:
O’Henry Memorial Awards in 1957, 1963, and 1964; a Ford Foundation grant in 1959; a National Catholic Book award in 1966; and the National Book Award in 1972.
Discuss the significance of Joy's name change to Hulga
Discuss the irony in the name of the story

What does this story have to say about mother daughter relationships?
Why do you think that Hulga lied to the bible salesman about her age?
Discuss the irony of Joy's name.

Why do you think Hulga has such a bad attitude?

Discuss the differences between Hulga
and the sisters Glynese and Caramine

Discuss the relationship between Hulga
and the bible salesman

Discuss the relationship between Mrs. Freeman
(the help) and Mrs. Hopewell.

Discuss the significance of Hulga's "thumping".

C: When I was 18 I got into a motorcycle accident because a driver neglected to use a turn signal.
K: What was it (having a prosthetic leg) like at first?
C: It was definitely difficult to adjust but with the support of family and friends I was able to carry on and live a normal life
K: Do you face any discrimination?
C: I do, but then again any person with a mechanical leg or any body part for that matter get stares. But if you came up and talked to me you would realize I’m just like any other kid. I just walk a bit slower than most.
K: What types of accommodations does your school make for you?
C: They definitely have more sympathy if I were to be late for class, and they gave me an elevator pass to avoid the traffic in the stairwells.
K: Has this injury affected your social life?
C: Absolutely not, my friends are still my friends and if anything it’s a great conversation starter.
K: How much harder is your everyday life?
C: There are many difficulties, such as day-to-day pain that I have a prescription for and just having to move slower throughout the day. Honestly, the sympathy is the hardest thing to deal with. I don’t want anyone treating me any different just because of what I lack.
K: How has your attitude changed since the accident?
C: Oddly enough, I’m actually a happier person than before because it really puts things in perspective. I could very well not be here and the fact that I still am is nothing short of a miracle.
"She knows how literary works reflect ideas and attitudes in the time when they were written." -Lawren Freudenthal from Prezi

In addition to representing the Christian and Southern American identities seen in most Flannery O'Connor's fiction, "Good Country People" touches on the roles of the intellect and intellectualism, as well as physical challenges in developing the individual identity."
Critics Comments
"Good Country People was masterfully written by an author who was taken from us way before her time. The story is like an onion, it has many layers to it. Laden with irony, satire, and good ole southern hospitality, O’Connor takes us back to a time, when things were simpler, and let’s us stand in the shoe of a very complicated woman/child. " -Amelia Tibbett from Humanities 360
Plot:
A Family is going on vacation
A Good Man is Hard to Find
They take a detour on a dirt road to explore a historic landmark
They get into a car accident and total the car, but the family is okay
They are stranded in the middle of nowhere
They flag down a passing car and the car stops and the family thinks help has arrived
The owner of the car is a known criminal
Instead of helping the family, he ends kills them
This story and "Good Country People"
have a running theme;
don't trust anyone!
Works Consulted
"By Flannery O'Connor." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. New York: St. Martin's, 1983. Print.

""Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor - Historical Criticism." Prezi.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

Napierkowski, Marie Rose. Novels for Students. Presenting Analysis, Context and Criticism on Commonly Studied Novels. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1998. Print

Short Story Reviews Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor." By Amelia Tibbett. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.
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