What religious values are in "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor?
Flannery O’Connor lived in and wrote about the south. Most of her stories have themes of religion, race, and class. In “Good Country People,” religion comes to the forefront. As the story progresses, three different views of religion wage a battle for which there is no clear winner: the sinful Christian, the hypocrite; and the atheist.
The sinful Christian
Mrs. Hopewell brandishes her religion to place herself as a judge of people as decent and respectable. She is a sinner herself despite her attempts to use her Christianity as a barrier. Mrs. Hopewell tells Manley:
I think there aren’t enough good country people in the world! I think that’s what’s wrong with it… You don’t see any more real honest people unless you go way out in the country.
Of course, this judgment of Manley is incorrect since he is a liar. The name "Hopewell" (hope well) characterizes the mother. She fails to see the world as a mixture of good and evil. This leads her to assume that the world is...
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