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Good Country People

Mrs. Hopewell describes "good country people" as people who are "not trash." She repeatedly says they are the "salt of the earth." It becomes clear as the story unfolds that she considers people...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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Interestingly, O'Connor's selection of names for her characters works to establish their significance in the story. Joy Hopewell has changed her name to the ugly name of Hulga because she perceives...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2017, 7:36 am (UTC)

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Written in the mid-1950s, this short story features an uncharacteristically strong female character. Mrs. Hopewell has "divorced her husband long ago," which was certainly atypical of women in this...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021, 3:13 am (UTC)

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In "Good Country People," Hulga learns that despite her belief in her own worldliness and sophistication, she is naive about evil. She takes Manley Pointer for one of the "good country people" he...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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"Good country people" is a phrase that is echoed several times throughout this short story, and the connotation is that "country people" are honest, hardworking, and genuine souls who are in high...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 11:43 am (UTC)

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The two names represent separate identities residing in the one person. Joy is no longer joyful, having had her life ruined by an accident that caused permanent disability. As far as she's...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018, 9:19 am (UTC)

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The term grotesque in literature refers to writing about the physically or morally ugly, distorted, and repellent. In "Good Country People," O'Connor makes Hulga a grotesque. Hulga has an...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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Two of the primary characters in Flannery O'Connor's short story "Good Country People" are Joy Hopewell and Manley Pointer. Joy has renamed herself Hulga, the ugliest name she can think of, and...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2014, 3:47 pm (UTC)

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Hulga Hopewell has a PhD in philosophy and reads books so abstruse and technical that her mother regards them as "some evil incantation in gibberish." However, she is easily deceived and robbed by...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 4:14 am (UTC)

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Flannery O'Connor's short story "Good Country People" examines human nature and blind acceptance (based upon one's similarities with another's ideology). Short stories are broken down into five...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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Hulga and Manley are both quite fake people. Both use false names. Both dress strangely. Both have heart conditions which reflect their ill souls. Both planned to seduce one another as part of a...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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O'Connor shows Hulga to be limited and blinded by her view that intelligence and education are incompatible with religious faith. Her belief in her own intelligence is a form of pride and...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2017, 9:55 am (UTC)

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Manley Pointer evidently has a fetish for objects related to disability, specifically for parts which have been tooled to replace what has been lost. He has a compunction to collect such objects...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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The tone of the story is ironic and mocking. As she often does, O'Connor simply gets inside the head of her main character or characters and conveys their thoughts in a deadpan, mocking, scathing...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hopewell's last name represents her optimism, Christian beliefs, and good faith in people. She seems to barely perceive that evil exists in the world or that Manley Pointer is anything but the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019, 2:35 am (UTC)

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Joy-Hulga has an incredible sense of superiority over everyone around her. She is college educated with a degree in philosophy and that alone makes her different and "better" than her mother Mrs....

Latest answer posted April 10, 2011, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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This is a critique of a particular type of person who identifies as being Christian. There are many Christians who embody the beliefs of Christ and who demonstrate the Biblical "fruits of the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021, 4:39 am (UTC)

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Many of the names in this story can be interpreted ironically: for example, Mrs. Hopewell wants to see the good in people, such as Manley, but she tends to allow her sense of her own superiority to...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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In Flannery O’Connor’s story, Mrs. Freeman is one of the people that Mrs. Hopewell labels with the title phrase. The author uses the two mothers, their relative social positions, and their...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021, 4:54 am (UTC)

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Hulga Hopewell of "Good Country People" is an unusual character in Flannery O'Connor's fictional world. Hulga Hopewell’s loss of her leg at the age of nine from a gunshot determined her bitter...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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Sin is one of the critical themes of Christian teaching, and if we look towards Roman Catholic theology, we can observe the categorization of the seven deadly sins. I'd suggest that, thematically...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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Joy's mother suspects that the name Hulga is selected because it is the ugliest name that Joy could find. According to Joy/Hulga this is exactly the case. Joy/Hulga is a somewhat bitter young...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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“Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor features two characters who hide behind their names. Joy Hopewell believes that no man will ever be interested in her because she has a prosthetic leg....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2013, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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The story opens with Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Hopewell's hired help, wearing a "neutral" expression. She won't reveal herself to others. We learn, too, that Mrs. Hopewell is condescending to Mrs....

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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I agree that the central conflict in the novel is between Hulga and Pointer Manley. Hulga and Pointer both believe they are superior to the "good country people" all around them. Hulga, who has a...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019, 12:50 am (UTC)

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Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" focuses on the story of a girl named Joy-Hulga Hopewell, who thinks that she is intellectually superior to those around her. Eventually, though, she is...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2012, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Manley Pointer is successful in his misadventures of "Good Country People" because he taps into the weaknesses of the people whom he exploits, pretending to commiserate with them on their beliefs....

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015, 5:02 pm (UTC)

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In "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor satirizes certain qualities in human nature such as pretension, and she admires "a sense of being" achieved through a redemptive experience. "Foolishness...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012, 6:09 am (UTC)

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In the short story "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, the characters, particularly Joy, are taught the lesson that their pride in their own knowledge has blinded them to the lessons that...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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No, because all the characters are seen to be odd in some way. For example Joy is seen to be very rude and awkward and endowed with a monstrous intellect at the expense of feeling, and given to...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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The significance of the title "Good Country runs throughout the story. The title appears all through the story. Yet, each character has faults that demonstrate they are not “good country...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2008, 11:30 am (UTC)

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Hulga is Mrs. Hopewell’s only child. She is thirty-two years old and is highly educated. She has a PhD in Philosophy, and most of the villagers find her attitude quite incomprehensible. Mrs....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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Country people are supposed to be the salt of the earth: God-fearing people whose innate sense of goodness can always be relied upon. That's the theory, at any rate. And that's certainly the...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 11:08 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Hopewell's character does explain her daughter's character to a point. Joy/Hulga, is an angry, resentful individual, who although very smart, does not participate in life according to her...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009, 6:58 am (UTC)

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Set in what Flannery O'Connor called the "Christ-haunted South" her stories find religion as part of several dimensions of the narrative. In "Good Country People" the characters resonate with...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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Within "Good Country People," Joy (or Hulga) exhibits a great deal of intellectual pride. She holds the people around her in contempt, viewing herself as their intellectual superior on account of...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020, 12:04 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Hopewell is extremely skilled at manipulation; in fact, having been warned about the nosiness of Mrs. Freeman, she has a plan in place to mange her before she even hires her and her husband as...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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You will have to decide what position you would like to take in your thesis, but here are a few ideas. Flannery O'Connor's short story, "Good Country People," focuses on a mother/daughter...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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By the time that Pointer steals Hulga's leg and glasses, I think Hulga has lost all illusions of actually taking anything from Pointer. By that point, Hulga has begun to realize exactly how deeply...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hopewell uses this term to describe people who are uncomplicated and uneducated. "Good country people" are characterized also by possessing what Mrs. Hopewell considers good values. This...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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One aspect of family that is important appears in the way Hulga interacts with her mother. Because she has an education, she feels that she is far superior to the "country folk" family from which...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2010, 2:32 am (UTC)

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By introducing the two older women first in the story, the author allows us an opportunity to understand Mrs. Hopewell's desire for her daughter Joy/Hulga to have a normal happy life. Mrs....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2009, 7:39 am (UTC)

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Some common themes that "Petrified Man" and "Good Country People" share are superficiality and predation, among others. In Eudora Welty’s short story “Petrified Man,” superficiality is arguably...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2022, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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Flannery O'Connor's choice of the title "Good Country People" for her short story about religious small-town people in rural Georgia is considered entirely ironic. As the eNotes biography of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2013, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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It would appear as if she sees them as very true to their faith, simplistic, and narrow-minded. This is especially true of Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman. However, Joy, or Hulga, as she prefers,...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009, 1:45 am (UTC)

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The stories are alike in that are part of the American Southern genre of the grotesque, they deal in secrets and hypocrisy, and a character everyone looks down on, Billy in the Welty story and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2022, 5:25 pm (UTC)

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Initially, we believe as readers, as do Hulga and Mrs. Hopewell, that Manley Pointer says "Chrustian" because he is a simply an ignorant country hick who has been taught to pronounce it that way....

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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According to Lois Tyson, "[Marxist critical theory] attempts to reveal the ways in which our socioeconomic system is the ultimate source of our experience." Marxist critical theory often...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019, 4:09 am (UTC)

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The “Good Country People” in Flannery O’Connor’s story include the Freemans. They are a married couple who work for Mrs. Hopewell as tenants on her farm. Mrs. Freeman appears often in the story,...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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