While reading “Good Country People” there was something that really piqued my interest: Why did Hulga Hopewell agreed to date Manley Pointer? Before I get into that I want to talk about both Hulga and Manley separately. Hulga Hopewell is one out-of-the-ordinary character. Her named was “Joy” until she was 21 years old which is when she decided to change it from “Joy” to “Hulga” due to not living a very joyful life. She lost her leg when she was 9 after a hunting accident which cause her to have a hard time to get connected with people and lead her to have a bad attitude.
Brian Duffie Mrs. Campbell American Literature II 3/27/16 Themes in “Good Country People” Many lessons can be learned from “Good Country People”. Some of the major themes throughout the story include education, hierarchy, and identity. Education is a major theme throughout the story because Hulga is thirty-two year old who has a lot of education.
This essay was written to compare the short stories “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. These narratives have a sorrowful plot, open endings, an unhappy main character, and make us think about how we treat our peers, why we treat them the way we do and how we communicate with people. I have written about the similarities and differences of these two stories because, I'd like to emphasize the important details that are alike and different in "All Summer in a Day” and “The Lottery”. Both “The Lottery” and “All Summer in a Day” make the reader think deeply about how much we have and how much we all take for granted. The writers Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson did this by creating an unthinkable but mind twisting plot that would almost never come to mind, for example in “The Lottery” every year one person is stoned to death as a sacrifice for a
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).
In the story “Good Country People,” by Flannery O’Connor, there is a young woman named Joy, who has a lot of good things going for her until a traumatic event takes place in her life. Hulga lost her leg when she was 10 years old in a hunting accident. After the traumatic event, everything changes about her; she goes from being a joyful person to being a very mean person. Joy even changes her name to Hulga. She is a very educated woman with a Ph. D in philosophy, but she is disrespectful to her mom and always has a negative attitude.
The Lottery and the Rocking-Horse Winner,” both are fictional; each of the stories has their own unhappiness and tragedy at the end. At the point when a chance is considered as a power that causes great or awful things to happen society view it as good fortune. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, focuses on how custom shapes the villagers truth. Even after the older generation in town including Old Man Warner, Mr. Summers, and Mr. Graves, neglect the basic cause of tradition.
Hulga, intelligent but naïve, is tricked by the dashing bible salesman, Manley Pointer. She owns glasses and one prosthetic leg, which she can't live without. Until one-day Hulga's perfect night was turned upside down. The drastic turn started when Manley slithered on of his many lovely lies to her and said, "I like girls that wear glasses. "(O'Connor, 7), and he reeled her out to the barn by telling her what she wanted to hear.
What is the purpose of The Lottery? The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson is a short story about an annual lottery that happens every June. The “winner” of the lottery gets stoned to death by everybody else in the village. Originally, the people of a small village started this tradition because they believed if the village made a sacrifice they would have a heavy corn season.
According to the The Atlantic Magazine, the odds of winning remain 1 in 292 million. Yet, 393 thousand people play the lotto every day. Why would so many people play the lottery nationally when you have a better chance of getting killed by a meteorite? Why do the people who can least afford it, spend their cold earned cash on it? Some people could be looking to get lucky while other people need it for financial reasons.
Traditions have been sought after and passed on for generations; with no questions asked, whether humane or not, traditions are hard to break and diminish as they are often what a culture or community stands for. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, a story about the tradition of a small village, is painted in impeccable details of peace, and serenity on a warm summer day, as everyone follows the tradition they have known since a long time ago despite the true intentions and meaning of it forgotten. The Lottery taking place annually is like no other lottery, it paints the true picture of the horror that epitomizes the tradition that none of the villagers dare to question, despite it creating separation between gender and families and ruining