Essay 3: Pride as a Character Flaw, Option A In Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor, Joy (later renamed Hulga) becomes blinded by her pride due to a bible salesman that turns out to be less than adequately stereotyped. Duped into succumbing to his tricks, the main character Joy allows her pride to keep her from seeing the truth until it’s too late. Joy’s pride contributes to her downfall because she hides behind a wall of intelligence to accommodate for her wooden leg. Her wall of intelligence makes her believe that she is smarter than Manly Pointer, this opens her up to the chance of being blindsided. Another contribution is the fact that she does not observe her surroundings because of her overconfidence of abilities, this allows Manly to play to her weaknesses and be the person he knows she needs. Her …show more content…
She uses the term good country people and “nice young men” (page 3) as insults to keep those types of people at arm’s length due to her insecurity; Manly Pointer could be described by both of those terms. When Hulga’s mother calls Manly the salt of the earth as a reference to him being a good country person she makes a rude remark about getting “rid of the salt of the earth” (page 4) so she could eat. Then during the meal she ignored him because she doesn’t believe that he is worth her time, but still observes “sideways how he handled his knife and fork” (page 5) like he is a science experiment and she is recording her data not observing him as a person of equal stature. All of these actions show the reader that Hugla does not partake in real life but prefers her make believe land where all of her assumptions are right before interacting with anyone or anything. When she does this to Manly Pointer it allows him to figure out what he needs to be to contribute to her needs without her getting in the
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In the novel " Good Country People" by Flannery O'Conner, the main character is Joy-Hulga, she is a woman just like her mother Mrs.Hopewell believes she knows it all and, is superior to anyone around her. She has a Ph.D. in philosphy which to her mother it does not mean a thing, but to her that is where her knowledge and understanding of things comes from. O'Conner uses pride to demonstrate how it can lead to a person's destuction, in this case Manly Pointer being able to successfully manipulate Hulga into his seduction and taking her wooden leg. When Hulga first meets Pointly she tries to get her mother to kick him out and seems unintrested in him, but then agrees to meet with him when she believes he likes her. Hulga believed she
Prudence from “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” By:Christian Lopez Pr:1/2 One of the character in the novel “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”, written by Elizabeth George Speare. The character is a little girl named Prudence. This little girl wants to learn how to read & write, but Prudence’s mother calls her stupid & says she's too stupid to learn & doesn't let her go to school.
Throughout the short story, we see how Hulga's arrogance affects her relationships with others. She often brushes off Mrs. Hopewell's attempts to connect with her, believing she's too good for such gestures. Hulga also manipulates the Bible salesman, seeing him only as a means to her own satisfaction and viewing herself as intellectually superior. Her overestimation of her own intelligence limits her desire to learn from others and stifles her personal growth. Unfortunately, her dismissive behavior has also made it difficult for her to build meaningful connections with those
In The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald introduces a character known as Tom Buchanan who is a hulking, hyper-masculine, aggressive, and super rich. He is the representation of old money; the best representation of one of the seven deadly sins: pride. Pride, as defined by Wikipedia, is ”dangerously corrupt selfishness, putting one's own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of others”. In the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald uses the character of Tom Buchanan to show how excessive pride can lead to arrogance and self-destructive behaviors.
Joy tends to think very arrogantly in nearly every scenario she faces. She thinks she has a superior mind compared to everyone else. Her “superior mind” is tested when a bible salesman by the name of Manley Pointer shows up on Mrs. Hopewell’s door. Despite having no interest in purchasing bibles from Mr. Pointer, she still invites him in believing he is on of the “good country people” she is so fond of. As the bible salesman was he invites Joy to a picnic for the next day.
At this moment Hulga comes to the realization that Manley Pointer is not all that he seems. Hulga is angry and confused “Her face turned almost purple. “You’re a Christian!” she hissed. ”(9) Hulga is having trouble comprehending how someone she considers to be far beneath her is able to so easily dupe her.
According to Dictionary.com, pride is “a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc”. In the Christian religion pride is one of the deadly sins that are punishable in the after life. The characters that Flannery O’Connor uses to attack the sin of pride are Joy Helga in “Good Country People” and the grandmother in “A Good Man is Hard To Find”. In “A Good Man is Hard To Find” the grandmother is very prideful and this actually leads to the death of her family. When the family’s car breaks down the grandmother identifies the Misfit.
Shirley Jackson's short story "The Possibility of Evil" is an old lady who looks really nice and is generous with her town people. Sometimes people just tell her their problems and she give them advice. When she gets home she started writing rude letters about people, and some even gave advice at. So, people are different from reality because in the story the woman seems so nice and then turns out to be different. So, people aren't always what they seem to be.
Leonardo Da Vinci once stated, “The greatest deception men suffer from is their own opinions.” For eras on end, stereotypes and misconceptions have stood as obstacles preventing individuals from sharing experiences, perspectives, and ideas with one another. Amy Tan further exhibits an individual’s tendency to form preconceived opinions in her novel The Joy Luck Club. The pairing of Chinese mothers and daughters throughout Tan’s novel proposes that deception has a drastic effect on a woman’s life and the manner in which she is perceived. To begin, the strained relationship between Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo signifies the misinterpretations that frequently occurred between mother-daughter pairs during the novel.
We had already acquired the habit of doubting ourselves as well as the place we came from” (pg 96). Although all four sisters were beautiful individuals, America’s perception of “beauty” caused self doubt in the young girls. They were too busy trying to look like something they were not to enjoy their true
Tom is another character that comes to mind when thinking of pride. He is white prideful when it comes to race (pg.). Tom creates a sense of pride because he believes he is above everyone that isn't him. The new title of the book suits the theme very well. “The great Gatsby” portrayed a great deal of pride throughout its story.
You Be The Judge: An Investigation of Facade in “The House of Seven Gables” Self-awareness allows one to understand their own flaws and shortcomings. The ability to assess one’s weaknesses in character allows for reflection introspectively, creating valuable realizations about one’s own identity. However, some members of society lack this innate ability, rendering them unable to understand their own corruption. In an excerpt of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The House of Seven Gables,” the narrator crafts the appearance of morality in Judge Pyncheon, constructing the illusion of respectability, then increasingly displays contempt of the dark reality that “some one wrong act” truly defines Pyncheon’s character.
During Jane Austen’s work on “Pride and Prejudice,” Romanticism started to reach its complex, and had strong influence on people’s life, but Austen chose to reject the tenets of that movement. Romanticism emphasized on the power of feeling, but Austen supported rationalism instead. She substantiated traditional principles and the established rules; her novels also display an ambiguity about emotion and an appreciation for intelligence and natural beauty that aligns them with Romanticism. Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is one of her most well-known works and even though the text is hard to understand, I would recommend it for high students because to me, it is the most characteristic and the most eminently quintessential work of Jane Austen.
She judges other people to make herself feel more superior and normal and to hide her true character. Later on as Miss Brill observes a young couple, “the hero and heroine, of course, just arrived from his father’s yacht” (p.188), she comes to the realization of who she truthfully is. This wholly destroys Miss Brill, causing her to change her typical plans and go home in grief, “But to-day she passed the baker’s by, climbed the stairs, went into the little dark room-her room like a cupboard… she unclasped the necklet quickly; quickly, without looking, laid it inside. But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying” (Mansfield 189). Terry White sums up the story of “Miss Brill” by writing, “Like the insidious illness that seems to be creeping to life inside her, Miss Brill is abruptly forced to confront the reality that her imagination seeks to escape”(White)