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 …show more content…
Hulga believes she is aware of everything and has the ability to control him, but she is wrong and is trapped into his seduction. When her wooden leg is removed she is dependent on Pointer, not only physically also mentally. He was able to make her say that she loved him when she had said before she did not say those words, he also is able to make her climb the loft even when she said she could not. Hulga is shown for the first time to have emotions when feels saddened over the fact that like her Pointer would die soon because of his heart condition. Since Pointer is not from there the lack of his life to other enables him to change his name and no one to know that he is lying. Hulga is presented as a child by the way she is dressed, and this helps to demonstrate her lack of reality of the evil in others that are supposed to be "good country people." Hulga is vunerable and is allured into the sweet talk of Pointer, her pride leads her to lose the most precious thing she owns, her wooden leg. Her pride disables her from seeing the reality and is left on the floor unable to move. At the end Pointer tells her the truth, but she still remains ignorant and does not accept the fact that she was manipulated when it was her plan to seduce
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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 book “ Johnny Tremain” written by Esther Forbes, the theme pride really stands out in the beginning of the book. In this book, it repeatedly shows pride as a bad thing. Pride is one of the few things in the world that isn’t just good or evil. Pride is only evil if you let it become more important than everything else. This is a quote by C.Lewis “ pride is a spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, contentment, or even common sense,’”
Joy/Hulga affects a cynical façade, claiming not to believe in anything. (As she tells Manley, "I don 't have illusions. I 'm one of those people who sees through to nothing.") Yet by the end of the story, Joy/Hulga 's carefully constructed façade is shattered; through the dramatic irony in her absence of self-awareness to the situational irony pervading the final scene, O 'Connor ultimately reveals Joy/Hulga as an innocent who is shocked when she witnesses the beliefs she once espoused as embodied in Manley
When Quinn refers to himself as “All American,” he means he is a straight, white, athletic male with good grades and a selfless attitude. He mentions what he thinks being “All American” is when he describes his role as his father’s son, “the All-American boy with an All-American fifteen-foot deadeye jump shot and an All-American 3.5 GPA.” (Reynolds and Kiely, 27). He lives in the shadow of his father, the deceased war hero who spent his spare time in soup kitchens feeding the homeless. Quinn calls himself All-American because his father was All-American.
It is not until the very end of the story that readers are shown the true character of Manley Pointer. It is possible that the motive for stealing Hulga’s leg is that Mrs. Freeman hired the Bible salesman to steal the artificial leg from her. “Something about her seemed to fascinate Mrs. Freeman and then one day Hulga realized that it was the artificial leg” (O’connor 436). It is interesting that
“...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. “...
During scene 14, it is clear that Huldey has power over Agatha. After being enraged by Agatha’s comments on her diary, Huldey smashes Agatha’s head with a vase multiple times killing her immediately. While Huldey was murdering Agatha, red lights turned on displaying the bloody scene. Huldey initially is scared after she finds out Agatha is dead, but ultimately feels joyful as she sings her powerful solo she has been desperately waiting for. During this solo, it was clear that Huldey was letting out all her anger because of her unusually dominant voice.
On April 4th of 1928 Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She was given the name “Maya” by her brother, Bailey. Both Maya and Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas after her parents divorced. When Maya went to visit her mother at the age of eight she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend.
Pride holds strong inside of us whether good or bad people will always fight tooth and nail to keep their morals in check. The places we live, people we surround ourselves with and the choices we make are all impacted by our pride and when we take a moment to look around our own community, we see what matters to us and how our life forms around it. The southern town of Maycomb is no different, we see a story. A story of the precious dignity of the human race and the role it plays in a community.
Courage has gone through many changes. It has been altered throughout races, cultures, religions, sex, and time. However, the core values of courage has always remained parallel. It is difficult to explain in words the meaning of courage, like describing a color, but everyone knows what courage is, how it feels, and how to perform it. In Harper Lee’s
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
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
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