Short Paper #2 – Flannery O’Connor Flannery O’Connor was one of the most provocative fiction writers of the mid-century years. Her remarkable New England predecessor, Emily Dickinson, once described herself in a letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson as “the only Kangaroo among the Beauty” and in a different letter requested that Higginson “tell me what is true.” O’Connor, a keeper of peacocks on the grounds of her rural Georgia home, might analogously be described as an exotic bird living among the conventional “good country people” and Ph. D. holders of her time, and also as a person engaged in an unyielding search for truth. Her stories typically involve cat and mouse contestations for power, knowledge, and truth played by a range of unconventionally drawn characters. One of the classic examples of this recurrent pattern is “Good Country People,” where the interplay of truth and falsehood is central to the story’s workings. For your second written assignment, I would like you to compose an
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