Literary Analysis In Flannery O Connor's Good Country People

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When you here literary analysis what does it make you think about? Most people think that literary analysis is just telling other people the overview of a story. However that’s not what literary analysis is, literary analysis is an argumentative analysis about a literary work. In this paper I will do a literary analysis for 6 stories that we read in class, in each story I will be talking about different kinds of concepts seen. It’s odd that the story Good Country People, whose focus is about Hulga and her wooden leg, begins with Mrs. Freeman and her interactions with Mrs. Hopewell. Characterization is important in the beginning of the story, because Mrs. Hopewell thinks the Freemans are good country people. Mrs. Hopewell also thinks…show more content…
Hulga used to be insecure about her wooden leg, she cherishes it as a defining quality, and also her education. Hulga takes care of her leg by herself and she never lets anyone see it. However, her attitude just happened to be her downfall in the story, Hulga let Manley take off her leg, and she became vulnerable in her mind. She had no clue what to do without it, she panics and Manley ends up stealing it and leaving her. What’s common about O’Connor’s stories is that they all focus on an important symbol. Eyes are an important symbol, in this story it’s used to show that people Mrs. Hopewell believes to be good country people, are just nothing like them. In the beginning of the story, Mrs. Freeman’s face gets compared to a truck all because the action of her eyes. “Her eyes never swerved to left or right but turned as the story turned as if they followed a yellow line down the center of it.”(O’Connor) The same exact gaze is described at the end of the story as Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell watch Manley run away from…show more content…
It’s a pretty difficult read from its violent imagery, Jewish suffering, and vicious tone can make it an uncomfortable read as well. The dark imagery words used in the poem have the feeling of desperation. The first place we see imagery is in this line “You died before I had time-/Marble-heavy, a bag full of God, /Ghastly statue with one gray toe/Big as a frisco seal.” (Plath) This imagery sounds like a big cold statue, however, she’s actually describing her father’s dead body. Another example of imagery in this poem is “But no less a devil for that, no not/Any less the black man who/bit my pretty red heart in two.” (Plath) This is another great example of imagery in this story because, it makes you think about an evil person committing a crime. However, she’s actually talking about how she felt when her father was mean to her. The words Sylvia Plath use’s in this poem are dark and they make you feel a sense of fear throughout the whole poem. In the story this is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona it has many different concepts in it but have you ever thought about what the meaning of the title meant? Well the meaning for this story is the story’s symbolism. Phoenix is not just a city in Arizona, it’s also the name of an Egyptian bird that rises from its own ashes and is reborn. In the story we know Victor has no money and doesn’t know who he is. Thomas helps victor discover who he is and what he wants
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