Symbolism is when the author uses objects to add deeper meaning to the story without mentioning it in the story. In Flannery O’Connor’s story, “Good Country People”, she uses symbolism to illustrate the antagonist and protagonist with more insight; for example, Manley’s hollow Bible signify how he really does not believe in Christianity, Hulga’s wooden leg portrayed her personality, and her name change represents how she is not the same girl she once was. First of all, the author introduces Manley Pointer as a young man that goes around homes selling Bibles, but little did she know that was not the case. When Manley Pointer goes on a date with Hulga the truth is revealed. Hulga has the impression that Manley is a young nice man that sells Bibles …show more content…
“...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. “...She didn’t like dogs or cats or birds or flowers or nature or nice young men” (O’Connor 485), Hulga’s personality might be like this because of her wooden leg. She might have given up on herself because she is not able to do everything she will like. For example, a wooden leg is ugly, uncomfortable, and prevents you from doing certain things. Therefore, the leg is preventing Hulga from being who she really wants to be, that is why she pushes away everything that will make her happy and what define who she really is. The author does not directly mention this in the story, but by the way Hulga acts the reader can conclude that the wooden leg symbolizes her new …show more content…
“She had a vision of the name working like the ugly sweating Vulcan…” (O’Connor 484), Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and also a blacksmith, furthermore, someone similar to Vulcan is Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and blacksmith as well. This is related to Hulga’s name change because Joy did not represent her, therefore, she decided to change it to Hulga. That is why she mentions Vulcan when she is having a conversation with her mother. Hulga can relate to him because, Hephaestus had a limp, he is ugly, and physically undesirable. 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
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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).
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
Hulga has callused herself through knowledge and suppressed her innocent ten year old self into the thing she is most ashamed of, her artificial leg. O’Conner uses the name Joy to show the Christian side, and Hulga to show the perverse, Nihilistic vantage points of Joy’s life. It has been twenty two years since the accident and Mrs. Hopewell still calls Hulga (even though she had her name legally changed) Joy. O’Conner uses this number on purpose. During
Manley and Hulga choose to go out for a stroll, and in the end they start discussing the idea of life, religion, presence, and God, however for the most part about Hulga 's wooden leg. Manley is extremely inspired by the wooden leg and requests that Hulga let him see it. Hulga, notwithstanding her doctorate in logic, doesn 't have a great deal of involvement with genuine circumstances of a sentimental sort. Manley focuses on this and entices a couple of kisses out of her. They go into the space of the horse shelter to have some protection, and Manley says he adores her.
Symbolism is basically the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. The author uses the symbols to express mystical ideas, emotions and state of mind. Generally it is an object representing an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant and sometimes even a word spoken by a person might have a symbolic value. The author uses symbolism to display his perspective of the nature of human. Piggy, Jack, Simon and Ralph could be viewed as symbolic characters in William Golding’s novel the Lord of the Flies.
However, Joy legally changes her name to Hulga at some point. Already, a sense of pride is detected when the reader sees this due to the idea that she may have felt as if the name was not good enough for her. Hulga is said to have a wooden leg that she seems quite embarrassed to discuss in fear that it might make others look
While walking through the woods, he asked softly, “Where does your wooden leg join on?” (285). Of course, Hulga was embarrassed. The whole time while they were together he tried to make her feel like she was very special to him. He even told her that the leg was what made her different, and that is what he liked.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem made the analogy that life is like a road that must be traveled with a dragon on the side, waiting to devour any who stray off the road. Within the analogy, the dragon represents the personal temptations everyone has struggled to overcome in order to reach God, who waits at the end of the road. Although everyone struggles with their own personal temptations, most can be put into one of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, anger, sloth, envy, lust, and gluttony. Flannery O’Connor focused on these in her short stories by creating characters that embodied certain sins. In some of her most known stories, such as “Good Country People,” “The Life You Save May be Your Own,’’ and “The Displaced Person,” she focused on pride, greed, and anger, respectively.
This can be discussed in relation to Helga’s reflection on her actions while she is unwell, and the
She yells at her mom saying “Woman! Do you ever look inside; do you ever look inside and see what you are not? God!” (O’Connor 375). Hulga is being very disrespectful to her mom and uses mean insults whenever she interacts with people she believes are inferior to her in intelligence and whenever she does not get her way.
She would not use it. She continued to call her Joy to which the girl responded but in a purely mechanical way.” (O’Connor 222) The chasm between Hulga and her mother made Hulga to withdraw from establishing a good meaningful family relationship with her mother, and end up attached to a guy, Manley Pointer, really quickly later. Manley Pointer, the guy with important role as his name implies that he is going to “point” out something to change Hulga’s
Angaros carried Gwladys away from the battlefield until his leg threatened to give out on him. He found a secluded spot and laid her gently on the ground, then he plopped down beside her. Badora laid down their weapons and examined Gwladys, she felt big bump on the back of her head. “She's got a pretty good lump, but its pointed outward, that's a good sign. Now let me take a look at your leg.”
While watching the children playing, she noticed the girl’s overbearing behaviors would have irritated the boy, which was exactly how she pushed away people in her life. Consequently, she was left alone in this world, so she wanted to warn the girl and have a small chat with the children while relieving herself from her loneliness. Through her whole life, Hagar was only left with experience, regrets and