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Why does Flannery O'Conner use violence in her story "Good Country People" to get the attention of both readers & characters?   Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People"

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In O'Connor's stories, grace often comes at the moment of violence or even grisly death.  This theme of the grotesque serves a clear purpose for Flannery O'Connor. Critic Gilbert H. Muller states that this use of the grotesque is not gratuitous; rather it is employed in order "to reveal underlying and ssentially theological concepts."

This concept of what Muller terms "displacement" is evinced in "Good Country People " as Hulga rejects all the platitudes of the "good country people," feeling herself superior to them because of her education.  But, to the others, Hulga is perceived as a freak...

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