Symbolism In The Good Country People

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“The Good Country People”: An Ironic Title Flannery O’Connor’s short story "The Good Country People” develops the theme that some people who profess to be christians are actually hypocrites. This short story, published in 1955, tells the story of a unique female character named Hulga Hopewell. The story is separated into four distinct sections to help emphasize the relationship of the characters. Also, the story employs literary devices such as symbolism, imagery, and allegory. However, certain critics contend that O 'Connor might have an intently parodied herself in the person of Joy/Hulga. O 'Connor was killed early on by the disease lupus, while Hulga, maimed in a hunting accident, has a "weak heart" and "might see forty-five" at best.” Hulga comes to the realization in the story that her belief in the ability to control her life completely, and the things she encounters in which influence her, is a false belief. O’Connor demonstrates this by using subtle parallels between characters such as Mrs. Freeman and Manley Pointer, and Mrs. Hopewell and her daughter, Hulga. She also tries to establish the different facets of the four individual characters. O’Connor’s decision on the different name selections is what gives the stories the significance that they have and share with one another. Though not the story’s protagonist, Mrs. Freeman is the first character we are introduced to, as O’Connor moves among the different points of view of her characters. This
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