In "Good Country People," how does O'Connor use situational irony to show the motivations of the characters?

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Situational irony is a literary device in which the outcome of a character's actions or circumstances is the opposite of what is expected. In "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, this tool is used to reveal the ulterior motives of the central characters—Hulga, a doctor of philosophy with a wooden leg, and Manley Pointer, a Bible salesman who encounters Hulga when he stops at her family's home.

As a result of their initial conversation, Manley invites Hulga to go on a picnic the next day. Hulga is excited by the possibility of a relationship, but she also seeks to manipulate him both intellectually and sexually. For example, she imagines a scenario in which "she very easily...

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