A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

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What message is O'Connor delivering in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and what is its impact?

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In "Good Country People" O'Conner is also commenting on condescending attitude.  Had Hulga-Joy not felt she was so above all the ignorant country people, she never would've gotten herself in a situation where she is stuck in a hayloft without her artificial leg.  Acceptance and open-mindedness is a positive quality.

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Yes, she usually drives home her point with the violence, which, again, is something she uses to gain the readers' attention.  She uses extreme examples to bring her message across.

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O'Connor's message isn't necessarily about how we need to change because we're...

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On my opionion she doesnt give us the message really clearly, on been looking over her work again and i think she trys to make us look towards religion and to gain faith. In addition she usually shows it with the groteste way, for example for the worst of society she really points out to all defects. 

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so from the stories i read all of her work her message is about redemption and salvation, in other words she shows us the bad among us and to change? for example in Good Country People, she just a hard person with the lack of faith, when the seller steals her wooden leg, he kind of saves her from the lack of faith. to be honest i read this stories but i never get the  "message" from the authors

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Isnt "Good Country People" where she takes this so call bible salesman to her loft nad he asks her to remove her prosthetic leg, open his suitcase and he had like glass eyes and those sort of things and steal her prosthetic leg?

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i have to read revelation and another short story of hers, what would you recommend since you say she is one of your favorite authors? and does she deliver the same message through all of her stories? from what i have been reading she has a "rough" criticisim in her work...

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