Essay on Flannery O’Connor’s Good Country People

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Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People,” describes the lives of a mother, Mrs. Hopewell and her daughter, Joy and the irony of their relationship. This passage from the short story expounds on their character development through details of their lives. The selected paragraph uses a matter-of-fact tone to give more information about Mrs. Hopewell and Joy. Flannery O’Connor has given an objective recount of the story, which makes the third person narrator a reliable source. Mrs. Hopewell’s feelings are given on her daughter to examine their relationship. It is reader who takes these facts to create an understanding of these women and their lives. This part of the story illustrates the aspects of their lives that they had little control …show more content…
As a character, Mrs. Hopewell is static and stubborn in her views. Mrs. Hopewell questions her daughter’s choices in life because she loves her. She has a “mother knows best,” mentality yet her only daughter is not like her nor does she follow her mother’s wishes. Joy’s heart condition keeps her at home with Hopewell. This fact and her daughter’s prosthetic leg made Hopewell feel sympathetic for Joy. Therefore, rather than respecting Joy in her passion, she treats her like a child even though she is in her thirties. The story frequently refers to Joy as the girl as an example of how she is treated. Hopewell has also given up on her daughter getting married and starting a family. The doctors have informed her that Joy only has a couple more years left to live. The mother is essentially waiting for her daughter to die. Joy does not fit into her ideal of life and accepts this fact that she will never be perfect. This is shown by Hopewell letting Joy dress and act as she pleased. Her few attempts in trying to connect with her daughter were not genuine seen she was trying to change Joy. Her comments were also not received well by her daughter. Joy is a complex character because she is determined to not become her mother or like the people of her community, especially Mrs. Freeman. Earning her doctorate was a way for Joy to distinguish herself from her home. Joy desired freedom yet due to her poor health condition she
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