Good Country People by Flannery O'Connor

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The theme of Innocence and Experience is presented in the short story Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor. Hulga is a thirty years old woman with a wooden leg that clearly has resentment towards her mother for treating her like a child. Hulga lost her leg at a young age and has a terrible heart condition so her mother always felt the need to treat her a child. She has done everything in her power to go against her mother. Knowing that she is not like the women around her that marry off at an early age such as Camarae or as pretty as Glynese, Hulga drowns herself in reading and has even obtained a PhD. Her knowledge leads her to believe that she is much smarter than those around her until she meets a young man by the name of “Manley Pointer.” Pointer captures he attention and for once she thinks that someone understands her and acknowledges that fact that she is different until he takes off with her wooden leg and leaves her alone for with no way of getting down the ladder and back home. An innocent meeting with a guy that she thought understood her turned into an experience that Hulga will never forget and I believe will eventually leave her destroyed and only more distrustful of people.

Novel- Other Rooms, Other Voices

Joel Knox, a young boy off to meet his father for the first time and encounters some really interesting people on his way and while there. The theme Coming of age is presented in the novel as Joel establishes a relationship with his stepmother’s cross dressing homosexual cousin Randolph and realizes that he too is homosexual. The relationship that he forms with Randolph is an important relationship Joel has while living with his father. It is a relationship that he longed to have with his father but unfor...

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