Lack Of Knowledge, Lack Of Values?

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"Nobody thinks any more," Mr. Jerger said (O'Connor 71).

This quote really made me wonder about the values of the characters in the story as well as the values of Southern society at that time.  Was education important to them?  Just from the stories we have read so far, it seems as though the emphasis was on land and power.  In almost every story we have been assigned, there is always a discussion concerning how much property somebody owned or how many slaves they had, etc.  Mr. Jerger, the one who was different from most of the other characters in the story, frowned up the society and its values.  Oddly enough, just from Ruby's reaction, nobody wanted to speak to this man; they avoided him as much as possible.  Nobody wanted to hear about his little facts and stories.  It seems to me that this quote has a deeper meaning.

See?  You should be happy that you have an education.  Now get back to the homepage and finish your homework!   

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Greta Carroll said:

Lauren, it reminded me of O’Connor’s comments in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” about how nobody is good anymore. It also was reminiscent of a line in “The Life You Save Could Be Your Own”, the statement that nobody tells the truth anymore. O’Connor likes to focuses on how society is getting worse…or at least how certain outcasts of society seem to think it is. Maybe these are just O’Connor’s wake-up calls for us, since this people are not part of society they will obviously be more critical of it, but there usually is some truth in any statement.

Kaitlin Monier said:

You bring up an interesting point. I haven't noticed that the characters in O'Connor's stories focus more on land than education. The part where Ruby does not want to hear any facts or knowledge is a good example of how the character's are not interested in education.

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