Lesson Summary 'Good Country People' is a short story about a thirty-two-year-old woman with a wooden leg who learns a harsh lesson about herself at the hands of a man posing as a Bible salesman. Hopewell wonders what was said between her daughter and Manley as Mrs. Caramel, a fifteen year old whom is already married and pregnant, reminds Hulga that she will never have any attention from males. Through the similar themes of her short stories, Flannery O'Connor attempts to make her characters realize their pride and overcome it. Discovering who the characters in the stories are and what they represent becomes the reader's purpose and goal.
Today, the country music that I know and love can either be a good ole laid back mellow song with nothing but an acoustic guitar, or have an entire band rocking out the whole song like songs that are very commonly associated with an artist like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryant, and Brad Paisley. Hopewell brings up the Bible salesman, and Mrs. While she is opening her heart to a possibility of finding love, he steals her wooden leg and leaves her alone and totally defenseless in the hayloft. These props symbolically represent the personalties of the characters who May that notch is death itself - by forcing upon them, in a sexually humiliating and often violent way, humbling knowledge that's there are after all women. Hulga has chosen to believe in nothing, thinking that there is no purpose to life. The leg is not the only part of her body that Joy-Hulga has problems with, in fact she has a number of such distortions. You also encounter a character named Manley Pointer.
It offers a different type of learning than just collecting information by, requiring us to experience things and participate. What Joy lacks, Glynese posseses, and vice versa. Why is it those who are starving. Comparably O 'Connor 's theme focuses on the eclipsed personalities one can have, where Hawthorne 's short story pushes the meaning that everyone is secretly corrupt in their own way. Hopewell has similar traits, she thinks by using cliches. Therefore, it is clear that the deciphering of meanings attached to the distorted bodily images mentioned above should respect Christian beliefs. Even the names she chooses for each character help her to establish their significance in the story.
Hopewell thought it was idiotic and showed simply that she was still a child. No matter how complex or how simple the poem is, it will surely have a strong following of readers who support it and enjoy it because. When Manley Pointer steals her leg, it is revealed how vulnerable and weak she is. Even though a façade is put on, one realizes how vulnerable Hulga Hopewell actually is. To add insult to injury, Manley then opens up his Bible to reveal it's holding whiskey and cards. So right away, we can see her name change—via the Vulcan reference, and because the narrator comes right out and says as much—as an act of fiery creation. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and his parents died when he was very young.
You see, he is a symbol for the nothingness Hulga claims to believe in. During the crucifixion of Jesus he refers to Psalms 22 which tells of a cry of anguish and a song of praise. Each character has a duplicate personality mirrored in someone else in the story. Hulga is a woman with a bad heart, a wooden leg, and has never been in love. It's unbelievable, really, that O'Connor was able to captivate and tell a story so beautifully within the span of just a few pages. Such is the human condition and such is the way of life. Instead, people believe the world seems better with barricades in life to physically separate everyone.
Freeman who is the wife of Mrs. Also that plot twist sure was something. This style was named a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters. The suitcase represents deceit, while Joy represents gullibility. Good country people are the salt of the earth! However, the collision was necessary, as it immediately put everything in due order.
They develop a connection with each other because they both have heart problems. Glycerin, a redheaded eighteen year old with many admirers, irritates Hulga because she has not ever had attention from males. They are meant to give the story a deeper meaning. What is more, she has poor eyesight and suffers from some kind of heart condition that puts her life at risk and prevents her from realizing an academic career. Ironically, her surname clashes with the fact that her obsessions limit her liberty. So, she tries to prove herself as an independent woman and assume the toughest name possible, Hulga.
Such is the human condition and such is the way of life. Hopewell a bible but she does not buy one, because she has one already so she invites Manley to stay for dinner. 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. In the beginning, it is. Freeman considers her a fascinating aberration because of her leg. Freeman works on tricking Mrs. Pointer puts Hulga into a position where she feels in control.
In contrast there exists Hulga, who seems to let her overall misfortunes with health totally ruin her happiness. Many young people are dreamers with an idealistic view of the world and their future. She was born Joy, and her mother refuses to call her by her legal name, Hulga, which she chose for its ugliness. At the same moment the leg is removed, Hulga herself goes from being a strong personality, to a cripple begging for mercy. They represent manipulation and deceit. It mirrors my experience while reading the story; I recognized some of my own flaws, and O'Connor's writing helped me to understand them.