What could be a thesis statement for the short story "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor?

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You will have to decide what position you would like to take in your thesis, but here are a few ideas.

Flannery O'Connor's short story, "Good Country People," focuses on a mother/daughter relationship that is failing. Joy changes her name to Hulga, which irritates her mother in every possible way. Joy/Hulga also goes out of her way to act unpleasantly and says she believes in nothing. On the other hand, Mrs. Hopewell does not accept Joy/Hulga for who she is. She continues to call Joy/Hulga, Joy. As well, she disapproves of her daughter's education and even her daughter's dress.

Through this characterization, you could form a thesis such as:

Through the characterization of Mrs. Hopewell and her daughter, Joy/Hulga, in the short story, "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor illustrates a failed mother/daughter relationship.


Flannery O'Connor weaves the theme of manipulation and its results through her characters' actions in the short story "Good Country People."
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