Symbols Of Good Country People By Flannery O ' Connor

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Symbols are often represented by an object but in Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”, they hold a more superior meaning. Her use of symbols expresses the story boldly, and they make the characters who they really are. Without the use of such symbols, the story would be dull and lifeless. A writing should contain a sense of illustration, allowing the reader to connect to the words and what the author wants them to take from it. The words speak not only through the dialogue but within the descriptions used to build the story. The backbone of this selection relies on symbols such as: Hulga’s appearance, Manley Pointer’s brief case and all of the character’s names.
Hulga Hopewell is a unique character who has faced more complications in her life than the average person. Hulga is a thirty-two-year-old who still lives with her mother and still dresses like a child, “… she went about all day in a six-year-old skirt and a yellow sweat shirt with a faded cowboy on a horse embossed on it” (O’Connor 175). Her choice of outfit symbolizes her innocence, because of her disadvantages in life she has missed out on dating, making friends, and actually becoming an adult. Her mother still thinks of Hulga “… as a child because it tore her heart to think instead of the poor stout girl in her thirties who had never danced a step or had any normal good times” (O’Connor 175). From this quote the reader can understand that Mrs. Hopewell feels bad for her daughter and wishes to treat her in…
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