Good Country People Tone Analysis

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An author applies the use of tone in a story to allow the reader to better interpret the story the way in which the author intended. Tone allows the author to establish an attitude towards the story for the reader's benefit. Flannery O'Connor utilizes tone to develop the aspects of religion, betrayal, and irony in her short story “Good Country People.”

Flannery O’Connor uses religion heavily in her works, especially in her short story “Good Country People.” Her use of religion is to characterize the people in her story, it is her tone that offsets the innocence that is initially presumed. O’Connor’s tone is overarchingly ironic, and this plays out in “Good Country People” by rebutting the idea that Manley Pointer is a wholesome religious
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