Not only did Hulga’s wooden leg have a symbolic meaning in the story “Good Country People,” but also the imagery of her spectacles has a symbolic meaning as well. Her glasses symbolically represent the loss of vision and gaining of insight. At the beginning of the story, Hulga is wearing these glasses, which many of us tend to associate with being smart. However she does not gain insight until Manley removes her glasses. It is stated in “Good Country People”, “When her glasses got in his way, he took them off of her and slipped them into his pocket” (O’Conner 1350).
She would not use it. She continued to call her Joy to which the girl responded but in a purely mechanical way.” (O’Connor 222) The chasm between Hulga and her mother made Hulga to withdraw from establishing a good meaningful family relationship with her mother, and end up attached to a guy, Manley Pointer, really quickly later. Manley Pointer, the guy with important role as his name implies that he is going to “point” out something to change Hulga’s
“...The hunting accident...the leg had been literally blasted off” (O’Connor 484), this sentence mentioned by the author symbolizes Hulga’s personality, because when something very valuable is taken away from someone and they are aware of it, but are not able to react to it, it could change a person drastically. Hulga could have been a totally different women if she had her leg, that’s why the author decided to give her a wooden leg. In the story the author mentions how Hulga does not care about her appearance at all. When she goes on a date with Manley Pointer she wears a dirty white shirt, applies Vapex as perfume, and never smiles. “...
The women support each other and give each other the courage to continue on despite the hostile circumstances that surround them. Henri Pichot The owner of the plantation that once employed Miss Emma and Tante Lou as cook and housekeeper. Dr. Joseph He's the school superintendent and complains about the hassle of checking the plantation school's progress once a year.
Joy’s mother, Mrs. Hopewell, states that it is hard to think of her daughter as an adult, and that Joy’s prosthetic leg has kept her from experiencing “any normal good times” that people her age have experienced (O’Connor 3). Despite the fact that Joy has no experience with people outside of her home, Joy has contempt and spite around her mother and acquaintances alike. In fact, when Joy changed her name to Hulga, she considered it “her highest creative act” and found a self-serving pleasure when the name brought dissatisfaction to her mother (O’Connor 3). When Joy expresses her disgust with her hometown, she also shares that she would much rather be “lecturing to people who knew what she was talking about” (O’Connor 4). Therefore, Joy suggests that the people and ideas that have surrounded her are inferior to her intelligence, and this
Manley and Hulga choose to go out for a stroll, and in the end they start discussing the idea of life, religion, presence, and God, however for the most part about Hulga 's wooden leg. Manley is extremely inspired by the wooden leg and requests that Hulga let him see it. Hulga, notwithstanding her doctorate in logic, doesn 't have a great deal of involvement with genuine circumstances of a sentimental sort. Manley focuses on this and entices a couple of kisses out of her. They go into the space of the horse shelter to have some protection, and Manley says he adores her.
He causes Hulga to have an epiphanal moment about her beliefs when he removes her eyeglasses, steals her leg, and breaks her heart. When the two enter the barn, they begin a process of ritualistic cleansing. He first takes off her eyeglasses when they “got in his way” of his barrage of kisses (CS 295). Flannery symbolizes this theft as an ironic changing of view for Hulga: she loses her logical eyeglasses to gain a more emotional way of seeing. This change goes unnoticed by Hulga as she “seldom paid any close attention to her surroundings” (296), causing her to be dependent on Manly for sight.
Once in the barn Manley sees another opportunity to poke at Hulga’s pride. Manley makes a comment about how she must not be able to climb the ladder to upper portion of the barn because of her wooden leg. The two of them start to kiss while Manley cajoles her to say that she loves him. During this moment of passion Hulga alludes to the fact that she believes that she is superior to Manley which slightly irritates him. He then asks Hulga where her leg attaches disturbing her sensitivities in the act.
During a hunting trip, at the age of ten, Hulga was scarred for life. One of her legs had been accidently shot off. As if she had not been through enough, she suffers from a weak heart and was expected to live only until the age of forty-five. These tragic events certainly took a toll on her and she makes it known. Hulga “stumped
Then, when threatened she would stoop down to the level of calling her family 's murderer a good person in able to survive. This shows how shallow the grandmother 's character is Flannery O 'Connor 's work of
Students should think carefully about their choice of major if they want a good return on investment for their college degree. In their reading, For Some, College May Not be a Smart Investment, Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill maintains that, “According to Census’s calculations, the lifetime earnings of an education or arts major working the service sector are actually lower than the average lifetime earnings of a high school graduate," (p. 5, 2013). Basically, Owen and Sawhill are claiming that a person with an arts major is making, on average, less than a person with only a high school graduate degree.
The grandmother is selfish throughout Flannery O’Connor’s short story and the author displays it many times during the story. Grandmother is an older lady who only cares about herself and her appearance. She insists that she always dressed her best in case a tragedy were to