Good Country People By Flannery O ' Connor

959 WordsFeb 4, 20154 Pages
In the story “Good Country People” Flannery O’Connor writes about a family that has two different views on life. The characters in this story are Mrs. Hopewell, her daughter, Joy/Hulga, their housekeeper, Mrs. Freeman and Manley Pointer who is a travelling bible salesman. This story is set in the mid nineteenth century in the South. In this story, Mrs. Hopewell is a classic southern Christian woman. She is a simple optimist who confronts adversity simply by hoping for the best. Her philosophy of cheer irritates, her daughter, Joy, who retaliates by legally changing her name to the ugliest one she can think of: Hulga. Joy lost her leg in a hunting accident when she was ten. She compensated for her disability by getting an education. Joy is a well-educated, intelligent woman, who claims to believe in nothing. Her self-made identity is of an elite intellectual, rising above superstition. Hulga is deliberately as rude as possible to her mother because she detest her mother’s optimistic attitude and simplicity of life. Mrs. Freeman is the housekeeper for Mrs. Hopewell. Mrs. Freeman is a busybody who knows everyone’s business. Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman are similar characters in which they are both caring and respectful to others. Mrs. Hopewell considers Mrs. Freeman and her family to be “good country people”. Her attitude of good country folk is that they are reliable and trustworthy. “Good Country People” addresses the themes of good versus evil and the
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