Country People Essays

  • Good and Evil in Good Country People

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    Good and Evil in Good Country People In "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, the masked truth is reflected unequivocally through the reality in the story, its equal counterpart. For every good or evil thing, there is an antagonist or opposing force. Each character has a duplicate personality mirrored in someone else in the story. In the story, the names and personalities of the characters clash. The name is the mask covering the personality, which is representative of the reality aspect

  • Good Country People by Flannery O'Connor

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    Good Country People by Flannery O'Connor 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

  • Good and Evil in Good Country People

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    Good and Evil in Good Country People In her short story, Good Country People, Flannery O’Connor employs all the elements of humor, irony and, paradox intermingled within the system of Christian belief in evil and redemption. This is no more evident than in the character of Joy, the daughter, who had lost a leg in a hunting accident at the age of 12 and who now has a wooden leg in his place. Throughout the story, it becomes increasingly clear that Joy’s physical affliction is closely paralleled

  • Flannery O'Connor's Good Country People

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    Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" 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 free. Mrs. Hopewell?s name is also ironic

  • Relationships in Good Country People, by Flannery O'Connor

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    Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" is a story told through the examination of the relationships between the four main characters. All of the characters have distinct feelings about the others, from misunderstanding to contempt. Both Joy-Hulga, the protagonist, and Manley Pointer, the antagonist, are multi-faceted characters. While all of the characters have different levels of complexity, Joy-Hulga and Manley Pointer are the deepest and the ones with the most obvious facades. The

  • Significance of Names in Flannery O’Conner’s Good Country People

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    O’Conner’s Good Country People The story “Good Country People”, by Flannery O’Conner is a work that uses characterization in a new and interesting way to help shape and present the characters of this story. One of the main characters is Hulga Hopewell, also known as Joy Hopewell. This characters name plays a very ironic role in the story. Through the use of such a peculiar name O’Conner helps to develop and build the characteristics of Hulga. In the story “Good Country People” the use of the

  • The Character of Hulga in Good Country People by Mary Flannery O'Connor

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    The Character of Hulga in Good Country People by Mary Flannery O'Connor By definition joy means a great feeling of pleasure and happiness. In Mary Flannery O'Connor's short story Good Country People, Joy Freeman was not at all joyful. Actually, she was the exact opposite. Joy's leg was shot off in a hunting accident when she was ten. Because of that incident, Joy was a stout girl in her thirties who had never danced a step or had any normal good times. (O'Connor 249). She had a wooden leg

  • Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find and Good Country People

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    “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and “Good Country People” are two short stories written by Flannery O’Connor during her short lived writing career. Despite the literary achievements of O’Connor’s works, she is often criticized for the grotesqueness of her characters and endings of her short stories and novels. Her writings have been described as “understated, orderly, unexperimental fiction, with a Southern backdrop and a Roman Catholic vision, in defiance, it would seem, of those restless innovators

  • Underlying Messages in Everything That Rises Must Converge and Good Country People

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    Underlying Messages in Everything That Rises Must Converge and Good Country People Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" and "Good Country People" have extremely complex story lines. What makes these stories so involved is how the characters relate to others. Discovering who the characters in the stories are and what they represent becomes the reader's purpose and goal. In order to truly understand her stories the reader must look deeper than the surface. The underlying

  • Comparing Pride in A Good Man is Hard to Find, Good Country People and Revelation

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    Pride in A Good Man is Hard to Find, Good Country People and Revelation Pride is a very relevant issue in almost everyone's lives. Only when a person is forced to face his pride can he begin to overcome it. Through the similar themes of her short stories, Flannery O'Connor attempts to make her characters realize their pride and overcome it. In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the grandmother is a typical Southern lady. This constant effort to present herself a Southern lady is where her pride

  • Naïveté in Flannery O'Connor’s Good Country People

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    Naïveté in Flannery O'Connor’s Good Country People In "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor skillfully presents a story from a third-person point of view, in which the protagonist, Joy-Hulga, believes that she is not one of those good country people. Joy is an intelligent and educated but emotionally troubled young woman, struggling to live in a farm environment deep in the countryside of the southeast United States, where she feels that she does not belong. Considering herself intellectually

  • Good Country People

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    American history, people have had an image of how country folks should present themselves. For example, many people see them as being pious, strict, and honest. Flannery O’Connor, author of “Good Country People,” approaches the images societies have formed of country people from a different and eye-opening perspective. Her story goes against what society thinks of these lowly people. Although O’Connor may come across as being critical of others in her short story “Good Country People," she uses symbolism

  • Good Country People

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    In Flannery O’Connor’s stories, “Good Country People”, “Everything that Rises Must Converge”, ”A Good Man is Hard to Find”, and “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”, there are many similar characters and situations. Few, if any of the characters are likeable, and most of them are grotesque. Two of the stories have characters that view themselves as superior in one way or another to those around them, and in some cases these characters experience a downfall, illustrating the old proverb, “Pride goeth

  • Good Country People

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    Good Country People “Woman, Do You Ever Look Inside?” There are many themes within Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Good Country People”. Religion is definitely one of the more prominent themes that the story holds. Like most of O’Connor’s works, it plays a big part in the actions or characteristics of the main characters. This is all on the surface however. The more important and less accentuated theme is the various facades the characters create for themselves. These facades prevent them

  • Good Country People Sparknotes

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    Flannery O’Connor publication “Good Country People” is a short story that is set on a small tenant farm in Georgia. An accident leaves Joy, the protagonist in the fiction, with one leg and this disfigurement leaves her emotionally scarred. She distances herself from the real world to her intellect world. She changes her name from Joy to Hulga since she feels disturbed by her surroundings and health condition. The book focuses on the themes of alienation and identity. This short story is an exciting

  • Good Country People Sparknotes

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    The short story “Good Country People” begins and we are introduced to Mrs. Hopewell, who owns a farm in Georgia that is ran with the assistance of her tenants, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman. Mrs. Hopewell's daughter, Joy, is thirty-two years old who lost her leg in a tragic childhood accident. Joy practices antitheism and has a Ph.D. in philosophy. She seems to have a hate towards her mother, and in an act of rebellion, Joy changed her name to "Hulga," the ugliest name Mrs. Hopewell can imagine for her daughter

  • Good Country People Symbolism

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    In “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, O’Connor uses many different types of symbolism. The symbolism that is used in each of the characters’ names not only gives another layer to the literal descriptions that can be found throughout the story, but it also tells the reader about the characters. O’Connor uses the characters’ names as a way of showing the personality of each character, while also giving the reader insight to help them to understand the plot of the story. Mrs. Freeman, Mrs

  • Redemption In Good Country People

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    poisonous marriage, a difficult assignment, or eternal damnation. It is a hope that one’s future could be brighter and that salvation from grim circumstances is possible. Flannery O’Conner explores the path towards redemption in her story “Good Country People.” The plot revolves around a 32-year-old woman with a wooden leg and strong atheist views. She is in need of redemption because she is arrogant and spiteful, constantly bashing her mother and acting childish and haughty. Mrs. Hopewell, too, is

  • Good Country People Essay

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    In Flannery O'Connor's “Good Country People”, Hulga receives her PhD in philosophy, which is the highest degree she could have earned in that field of study. Although Hulga has reached her prime in the systematic education system, O’Connor states her mother still disapproved of her degree (176). However, pursuing higher levels of education can positively impact the person receiving the education as well as their family. My family norms were affected when my older brother Terrance decided to pursue

  • Irony In 'Good Country People'

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    The short story “Good Country People,” uses irony in many ways. But the clear use of irony is portrayed in the story through O’Connors use of character names. The use of irony is presented when characters names contradict what the character represents. In “Good Country People,” O’Connor uses these names to figuratively and literally describe the four main character’s and their flaws. The first use of irony by using a characters name is shown when the audience is introduced to “Mrs. Hopewell.”