What is the central conflict of "Good Country People"? What is the resolution?  

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Two kinds of conflict could be considered central, and they play out in different ways.

The first type is an internal conflict within Joy or Hulga. The conflict is represented by her having two names. The young woman does not know who she is. She has tried to become her authentic self by moving away, going to school, and changing her name. The conflict is also symbolized by her physical disability: losing a part of her body is another aspect of losing part of herself. As she loses the artificial leg as well, this conflict is not resolved.

The other conflict is external and social. Hulga's conflict with her mother represents her desire to function as an adult person: her mother stands for all of society, the "good" people of the title who reject the woman's efforts to grow up and be an independent, sexually active adult.

Although Hulga chooses to have a sexual encounter with the appropriately named Manley, and thus temporarily wins over her repressive mother, she ultimately fails when he...

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