Shiftlet’s pride is thinking he is perfect, but in “The Displaced Person”, pride is manifested by Mrs. McIntyre when she does nothing to stop Mr. Guizac from being killed. Mr. Guizac tries to get one of the negroes, Sulk, to marry is white cousin. Mrs. McIntyre is appalled by this because blacks and whites were not to marry. She then decided to fire him, but when a tractor is about to run him over she does not stop it to save herself the trouble. Mrs. McIntyre does not wat to have to worry about firing Mr. Guizac so when she sees his death is near she does nothing to stop it.
People who are altruistic are generous, kind, and very charitable. They are the kind of people whose stories always live on even after they leave this earth. For example, mother Teresa was an altruist who passed away, but she is still remembered by those she helped. Egoism makes people arrogant, and it makes them believe they are superior. Egoistic people don’t show compassion others, they make others unhappy, and they are uncomfortable to be around.
“Some can’t be that simple. I know I never could,” says Mrs. Freeman in the ending of the story, which means that perfection is difficult to achieve. However, in the book, Mrs. Freeman and other characters judge people around them just by their appearance. Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” criticizes the people of the American South for their moral blindness and hypocrisy as well as people’s negative habits of stereotyping, being contradictory and cliché. The book delivers the message to be critical and to see things beyond the border.
Two main characters name Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Hopewell are always gossiping. Their desire to feel superior to one another is humorous because of how they sound. Mrs. Hopewell likes to call Mrs. Freeman and her family “good country people” which is funny because she is being honest. During their conversations, they think they understand one another but they often miss the point like when Mrs. Hopewell tells Mrs. Freeman that she is the wheel behind the wheel, Mrs. Freeman really did not understand what Mrs. Hopewell was talking about.
Koly in Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan reminds me of Matilda in Matilda by Rhold Dahl because they both insist on learning and reading even though their families are against it. In Matilda, her family is against her learning because they are all more interested in money, food, and TV. Therefore, Matilda was unhappy with her life, so she chose to live with Mrs. Honey because she treasured education just as much as Matilda. On the other hand, Koly’s family is against her getting an education because of cultural reasons. Using what I know, I predict that Koly will become forlorn with her new life and husband, which will lead to her running away from home to get an education.
Both Geneva's and Katniss' mother's responses influence their daughters in ways that they will never forget in their lifetime. Because Geneva is so caught up in her own mess and doesn't recognize reality, a Saranell is deeply
The negligible amount of conversation Jing Mei and her mother had is replaced with tension and silence, which prevents her from asking Suyuan about her heritage and through that, knowing her identity. Because Jing Mei has a broken relationship with her mom, she feels that she cannot replace her mother at the Joy Luck Club meeting: “How can I be my mother at Joy Luck?” (15). She questions her own ability and is weighed down by the responsibility of taking her mother’s position, which reflect the little connection Jing Mei and her mother have. Even when they had conversation, Jing Mei says that “I seemed to hear less than what was said, while
In squeakies case she needs to be kinder to people and people will be kinder to her. But in all American slurp she wants friends as well but the differences in culture make it hard for her to fit in. So in total the only thing squeaky and the lins want is a true
To emphasize, Heather see this abnormal behaviour when she says, "You don’t like anything. You are the most depressed person I've ever met, and excuse me for saying this, but you are no fun to be around and I think you need professional help" (105). Both Heather and Melinda’s mom complain about her depression and they do not try to help her overcome it. In reality, many teens and adults have depression.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Rye is undoubtedly a character who challenges the perceptions of women in society. This lack of language gives power to those that still have it but also makes it a very dangerous place for those with the ability to speak because many people in the community feel jealousy when they learn of the abilities that others still possess. Rye very much dislikes the current situation and the narrator reveals that her husband and children had died from this illness. When Rye is offered sex from Obsidian
Connie is heading towards the influence of Arnold Friend, who has seduced her into coming with him. Her family has not treated her as she wished, and she has absolutely nothing to lose, except her beauty, which is partially what led her here. The only reason she caught Arnold Friend’s attention is her lovely looks. Perhaps she is unaware of what may happen to her in the arms of Arnold, but one thing is certain: she is not being taken with her consent. Connie is hesitant on leaving, considering she does not know Arnold, nor his true intentions.
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
Irony is defined as “an event or a result that is the opposite of what is expected to happen” (Webster 344). Flannery O’Conner’s short story, “Good Country People” deploys irony as a means of projecting her message that perception does not always coincide with reality. This theme of misconception is highlighted in the manipulative relationship between Hulga Hopewell and Manly Pointer. Hulga obtains a doctorate degree in philosophy and believes she is knowledgeable of the world, this is until she is deceived by Manly whom she perceives to be an innocent Christian simpleton, but he is none of those things. O’Conner projects a series of ironic undertones throughout her short story, the interactions between Manly Pointer and Hulga Hopewell utilizes irony to expose the truth behind the character’s real selves through their relationship with each other.
Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor has many instances pertaining to the theme of Identity and morals. Mrs. Hopewell and Joy believe they are better than everyone else. However, Joy changed her name to Hulga in order to shape her identity because of her leg. She feels like Joy is a beautiful name but see herself as ugly Hulga. Since Hulga has a wooden leg, “Mrs. Hopewell thought of her as a child though she was thirty-two years old and highly educated” (O’Connor 1) Even though Hulga has gone out and become independent in a sense, Mrs. Hopewell thinks Hulga will never lead a normal life and therefore considers her a child.
The physical impairments of Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" illustrate a deeper meaning of Joy-Hulga's handicaps. Joy-Hulga's heart condition, artificial leg and poor eyesight symbolize her inner impairments of emotion, intellect and spiritual capabilities. By including these impairments, it shows how Joy-Hulga really is as a person and the rationality behind what she believes in. The heart condition and artificial leg symbolize the inner emotional detachment she has to her family and herself. Mrs. Hopewell describes Joy-Hulga as "bloated, rude and squint-eyed" and even despite these characteristics, Joy-Hulga's mother still continues to show her love and compassion (O'Connor 558).