Hulga fits all of those categories in a way, she had a limp because she did not have a leg, she was not physically ugly, but the way she thought of herself was, and she was undesirable because she did not take care of herself properly. “One of her major triumphs was that her mother had not been able to turn her dust into Joy…” (O 'Connor 484), this could mean that with name decision Hulga had made her mother could not turn it into something positive, because once something is dust you can not turn it back into its original form. Hulga’s name change symbolized that she was not the same girl she once was or she would be. In addition, the author inserts Vulcans name to compare him to Hulga’s
When Joy was talking about his father he said “Some of his earliest memories are in a one-bedroom shack he called the rat house…” (Joy). Joy goes on to say that his dad was scared to sleep because of fear of the rats. The New York Times reviewed one of Joy’s novels and said “a pitiless novel about a region blessed with nature but reduced to desolation and despair” (Joy). This comment shows that just because a place is beautiful does not mean that everything is perfect. People can seem to have everything in place but in reality everything is crashing.
Without the addition of a post thirteenth amendment setting, O’Connor cannot convey her theme as easily because the setting informs the reader on why society perceives the views of Julian and his mother as outdated. Therefore, alluding that the new progressive ideals will take over. O’Conner further elaborates
"[W]hen thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" counsels the Bible, thus setting the precedent for all well-meaning members of western society concerning their charitable intentions (Matt. 6.3). Humanity 's motivation to aid others, regardless of the outcome, is oft times spotted by the subtle struggle between selflessness and selfishness. Flannery O 'Connor captures this classic conflict between good and evil in Southern Grotesque fashion through her characters, the protagonist Sheppard and his foil, Rufus Johnson, in [comment2] "The Lame Shall Enter First". [comment3] Challenging the literal paradigm of light and darkness, O 'Connor weaves together well crafted characterization, cryptic dialogue, and both biblical and literary allusion in this paradoxical plot and, by way of Sheppard and the antithetical Rufus, blends the black and white of Christian dogma into an ironic grey.
They needed each other. Foer wishes for his readers to learn and grow from his character’s experiences in order to bring relationships closer in times of grief and hardship, as it is then that individuals may grow, heal and move forward
Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and William Shakespeare’s “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”, show that love can be influenced by an ulterior motive, through the use of specific word choice and storyline twists. In Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”, the Bible salesman’s motive for wanting to get Hulga to fall in love with him was solely to steal her wooden leg. It is originally believed that Pointer likes Hulga for who she is. He is very persistent in trying to get her to love him. Readers are led to believe that Pointer is a Christian because he is going around selling Bibles.
For the first time has allowed herself to be vulnerable. What is interesting at this point is that the reader realises that O’Connor is using the symbolism of Hulga’s artificial leg to highlight her spiritual weakness. Also, when Pointer opens his valise and the reader finds that he has a hollow bible with a flask of whisky, some contraceptives, and obscene playing cards inside it the reader becomes aware that it mirrors Pointer’s religious hypocrisy (and depravity) . A point further highlights when he abandons Hulga in the loft and tells her, “I been believing in nothing ever since I was born”(O’Connor 16). Again, O’Connor highlighting the idea of nihilism.
The salvation of many characters in A Good Man Is Hard to Find is seen through the element of religion. O 'Connor designates this tactic to use religion as a tool to radically challenge the goodness of the human heart. This is typical of Flannery O 'Connor 's fiction, her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find is an observation on the universal demand for the grace and hope of Jesus Christ, as O’Connor introduces characters that are extremely ill-mannered and
During a conversation with Christine in Act I, Nora explains "…how painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his manly independence" if Torvald were to learn the truth of her involvement with funding the trip to Italy (Ibsen 1366). This casual statement from Nora reveals that she is quite conscious of how tender Torvald 's pride is. Nora is not the only one who is aware of Torvald 's inability to handle distressing or queer information. Later in Act II, Dr. Rank reveals to Nora that he is succumbing to a fatal disease, choosing not to inform Torvald of his condition at all. This interaction implies that Dr. Rank believes that Nora possesses a greater emotional capacity and strength than Torvald.