Common Themes in O'Connor Short stories

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“ she was quicker than Mr. Freeman.”(170) “It was hard for Mrs. Hopewell to realize that her child was thirty-two now and that for more than twenty years she had had only one leg.” (171) “Then She had gone and had the beautiful name, joy, changed with out telling her mother until after she had done it” O'Connor 

 

In the first quote O’Connor is explaining Mrs. Freeman. In O’Connor's previous stories the men seem to always play a small role or less intelligent role in each story. The women always know what is going on more so then the men; I thought this was an interesting common theme in most of O’Connor's short stories Another common theme was the mothers in “ The Life You save May Be Your Own” had daughters with disabilities and were older than they were considered in the mother’s eyes.  One child could not hear the other is missing a leg. Yet again another common theme occurred between “Good Country People” and “The River. Joy had changed her name to Hulga  and Harry changed his name to Bevel. 

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Tiffany Gilkbert said:

That is interesting, about the men seeming to play a smaller role. I hadn't really thought about that. There have not been any main characters who are men. Even Bevel was just a little boy.
Hmm...

Tiffany Gilkbert said:

That is interesting, about the men seeming to play a smaller role. I hadn't really thought about that. There have not been any main characters who are men. Even Bevel was just a little boy.
Hmm...

Tiffany Gilbert said:

That is interesting, about the men seeming to play a smaller role. I hadn't really thought about that. There have not been any main characters who are men. Even Bevel was just a little boy.
Hmm...

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