Society's Degradation through the Outcasts' Eyes

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Lauren’s entry on Flannery O’Connor’s “A Stroke of Good Fortune” drew my attention to a commonality between three of O’Connor’s short stories that we have read.  The quote Lauren picked, "Nobody thinks anymore," (O'Connor 71), reminded me of the quote from O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” that “People are certainly not nice like they used to be” (7).  The quote was also reminiscent of a line in “The Life You Save Could Be Your Own”, that “people don’t care how they lie” (51).  These three similarities seem to show that O’Connor likes to focuses on how society is degrading itself…or at least that certain outcasts of society seem to think it is.  Notice that the speakers of the three quotes are Mr. Jerger, Mr. Shiftlet, and the grandmother—who are all estranged from those around them in their own way.  Maybe these quotes are just O’Connor’s wake-up calls for us, since these people are not part of society they will obviously be more critical of it, but as outside observers there is probably some truth in their  statements.    

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