Examples Of Irony In Good Country People

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What is a “Good Country Person?” Who makes the decision in whether a person is good or not. Is there such thing as good person? When a person thinks that they are always good, it probably means that they are are lying because no one person is perfect. Although there is no such thing as a perfect person, often times people are sometimes perceived to be perfect or better than they really are. Perception is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. In her article on the morality of perception, Gayman acknowledges, “Unlike mere recognition, perception requires the work of the intelligence and demands careful observation and engaged attention” (1). Being able to perceive the character of a person is necessary if a person wants to fully trust another person. In “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, irony, symbolism, and characterization are used to prove that one’s perception of something or someone is not always reliable.
Irony is the expression of one’s meaning by using language that usually means the opposite. Typically in literature, irony is used in emphatic sense. There is a multitude of irony in “Good Country People.” The character’s names of this story are incredibly ironic. Joy-Hulga is ironic because she is the furthest from being joyful. Another example is, Mrs. Freeman. She is not free because she has been hired and enslaved by Mrs. Hopewell. Another type of irony in “Good Country People” is how Joy-Hulga’s intelligence causes

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