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  • Mrs Freeman And Mrs Hopewell
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    Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" and the Symbolism Surrounding the Character's Names. In "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, uses symbolism in the choice of names, almost to the point of being ironic and humorous. These names center around the personality and demeanor of the characters. Hulga, once known as Joy, simply changed her name because it was the ugliest she could think of. Mrs. Freeman's name is ironic because she is burdened by the land that she works, so is not really...
  • Pointer's Seduction Of Hulga
    668 words
    "Good Country People" The short story, "Good Country People", written by Flannery O'Connor, is a story that captivates one by usage of symbolism and theme. The story centers on the meaning of being a good person, in the sense of leading a Christian, pious life, worthy of salvation. O'Connor contrasts mindless chatter about "good country people" with questions about the true meaning of religious faith. There is also a class hierarchy formed that includes stereotypes about "good country people" an...
  • Significance Of Hulga's Leg
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    Good Country People: Like Julian in "Everything that Rises Must Converge", Hulga is a proud intellectual and has little doubt of her belief in "nothingness". However, by the end, she has fallen prey to the same naive stereotypes as her mother. Do you think her beliefs are based on reason or on the desire to distinguish herself from the ignorance which is all around her Hulga accentuates her wooden leg by making unnecessary noises when she walks and plays up the deformity by wearing ugly clothing...
  • Hulga And Manley
    730 words
    Things Are Not Always What They Seem With "Good Country People"Why that looks like the nice dull young man that tried to sell me a Bible yesterday", Mrs. Hopewell said, squinting. "He must of been trying to sell them to the Negros back in there. He was so simple", she said, "but I guess the world would be better off if we were all that simple" (145). At the end of the story, Mrs. Hopewell considers Manley Pointer "simple". Little did she know that this "simple" man had just caused Hulga severe m...
  • Hopewell's Weakness For Good Country People
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    Good Country People'; by Flannery O'Connor is an excellent example of irony in literature. From beginning to end it has a steady procession of irony, much of it based on the title of the story: 'Good Country People. ' ; In the beginning of the story we meet Mrs. Freeman, wife of the hired hand. She and her husband have been working for Mrs. Hopewell for four years. 'The reason for her keeping them so long was that they were not trash. They were 'Good Country People,' '; according to Mrs. Hopewel...
  • Joy Hulga's Failed Seduction Turns
    911 words
    In the short story, "Good Country People", Flannery O'Connor details the encounter of Joy-Hulga, a woman with a doctorate in philosophy, a wooden leg, and a chip on her shoulder, and Manley Pointer, a door to door bible salesman with a hidden agenda. On the surface, they appear to be as different as night and day, a Christian and an atheist, an optimist and a pessimist. O'Connor also hits the reader with a heavy dose of irony when it becomes apparent that Joy-Hulga isn't as wise as she believes ...
  • Hulga's Mother
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    who see through to nothing". First, the italicized preposition highlights an internal conflict. Unconsciously she looks "away" and "down" as if in avoidance. But here, the preposition "through" would suggest that she thinks that her perception penetrates reality to its essence, as opposed to avoiding it. This contradicts the comment the narrator makes, "for she seldom paid close attention to her surroundings". Next, we find that she does have illusions, because the "green swelling lake" is an il...

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