What is the conclusion of "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor?
Short stories are broken down into five distinct parts: Introduction/Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action/Denoument, and Conclusion/Resolution. The conclusion is the part of the story which, typically, wraps of the story and offers closure for the characters and the readers.
The conclusion of "Good Country People" does offer a wrap up of the story, but it may fail to offer closure to some readers. At the end of the story, Joy-Hulga is left, high in a loft, without her leg and without her dignity. Manley Pointer has seduced her, even though it was her intent to seduce him. Critical readers come to find that Joy-Hulga should have "stuck to her guns" in regards to her trust in nothing.
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