Good Country People Questions and Answers
by Flannery O’Connor

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What is the effect of O'Conner's use of the phrase "good country people" throughout the story? 

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As with much of O'Connor's work, the titles often contain irony, and this irony is repeated in the plot of the story. The "good country people" are not really good - Mrs. Freeman is a chatterbox that is always bragging about her two daughters. Mrs. Hopewell, Joy/Hulga's mother, is very insistent that the Freemans are not "white trash" - but "good country people" because certainly a prideful woman such as herself would never have hired white trash to work on her farm. Manley Pointer is an evil con artist who winds up seducing Joy/Hulga, and then stealing her pride and joy, her wooden...

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