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Good Country People | Study Guide

Flannery O'Connor

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Flannery O'Connor

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

The story "Good Country People" is written in the third-person limited omniscient point of view. It focuses on the internal thoughts of two characters, Mrs. Hopewell and Hulga.


The story "Good Country People" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

One of the main characters, Mrs. Hopewell, believes she can identify the existence of the titular "good country people"—those simple, rural folk who work hard, go to church, and have good morals. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that these simple folk and her connection to them may exist only in Mrs. Hopewell's imagination. Real country people have their bad points too. And despite her smugness, so does Mrs. Hopewell.


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