The creative use of irony in good country peoplea short story by flannery oconnor

Freeman is no fool when it comes to manipulating. Malebranche, a seventeenth-century Catholic philosopher, believed that even the simplest of bodily movements was possible only because of the supernatural power that was constantly present.

Likewise, the Misfit, having finally decided to reject the account of Christ having raised Lazarus from the dead because he had not been there to witness it, accepts this world and its temporal pleasures only to discover, "It's no real pleasure in life. This boy, with an instinct that came from beyond wisdom, had touched the truth about her.

Hopewell returns to the parlor, she finds Pointer with a Bible on each knee. Freeman as a manipulator of Mrs. Hulga thinks at least initially that she is totally in control of herself and of Manley in her eventual meeting with Pointer.

Hopewell likes to praise Glynese and Carramae by telling people that they are "two of the finest girls" she knows, and she also praises their mother, Mrs. He took her from heaven and giver to me and I left her.

For instance, both Mrs. Even those characters who are granted a moment of grace or experience an epiphanal vision do so only at the cost of having their self-images, if not themselves, destroyed. Freeman and Manley Pointer, while the flashbacks to the events of the previous day establish the parallels which exist between Hulga and her mother.

The arrival of nineteen-year-old Manley Pointer, Bible salesman and con artist, is presented in highly realistic terms by O'Connor. O'Connor began writing fiction in earnest at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the late s. You're just like them all — say one thing and do another," only to hear Pointer tell her that he is not a Christian.

O'Connor's selection of a well-known biblical parallel "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it," Matthew That, from an orthodox point of view, is not possible for man to do. This mention of a heart disease, paralleling Hulga's heart trouble, has a marked effect on Mrs.

The ever-present hostility which exists between Hulga and her mother is undoubtedly aggravated by the presence of Mrs. It is precisely Hulga's Ph.

The name Pointer manlynot his real name, functions as a semi-obscene pun on one level, and it comes to point out, on another level, the depths to which humanity might descend if it follows only its "manly" nature.

As she attempts to get away from him, he mentions that he is just a poor country boy with a heart condition. Hopewell is embarrassed and angry about her daughter's behavior, but she knows that she must ultimately accept it — because of the hunting accident which cost Joy her leg when she was ten.

Hopewell, was an act of ridiculously immature rebellion. Hopewell calls a "normal good time. Hopewell by giving her, Mrs.

Thus, ironically, in pointing out her mother's "blindness," Hulga has revealed to us that she herself is blind about her own desires and her own view of reality. There was nothing about her face or her round freezing-blue eyes to indicate that this had moved her; but she felt as if her heart had stopped and left her mind to pump her blood.

Remember that until this moment, Hulga has subscribed to an atheistic viewpoint. Hopewell can sound as though she has an all-accepting, catholic compassion. Freeman as a manipulator of Mrs. Many of her characters suffer terrible fates. She takes care of it as someone else might take care of his soul.

Hopewell's failure to understand Hulga, Hulga withdraws; she decides not to attempt any meaningful relationship with her mother. I been believing in nothing ever since I was born. This misfortune is compounded by a doctor's opinion that Hulga will not live past forty because of a heart condition; furthermore, Hulga has been deprived of ever dancing and having what Mrs.

In a moment of seemingly immense insight, Hulga lashed out at her mother, yelling, "We are not our own light. Less often the protagonist is a child, usually a young girl, or a young man. Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman watch him leave, too.

Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor

Mrs. Hopewell thinks he was selling Bibles to the black people who live in the direction from which he came. It's not clear what Mrs. Freeman thinks, but she gets the last word in the story.

O'Connor's Short Stories

“Good Country People” was published inin O'Connor’s short story collection, A Good Man is Hard to Find. This story explores the dangers of accepting traditional beliefs simply because. Ignorance Is Bliss in Flannery O'Connor's Good Country People Words | 5 Pages.

Good Country People

Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" has a steady demonstration of irony, much of it based on the title of the story. Ignorance is also a major issue in the work, both Ms. Freeman and Ms. Hopewell exhibit this clearly. Hulga Hopewell of "Good Country People" is a unique character in O'Connor's fictional world.

Although O'Connor uses the intellectual, or the pseudo-intellectual, in one of her novels and in seven of her short stories, Hulga is the only female in the bunch.

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