Flannery O ' Connor 's Good Country People Essay

1743 Words Nov 26th, 2014 7 Pages
To be banal, Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” commences as if it were just a simple, plain story. However, O’Connor eliminates this mirage quite soon, following the entrance of Hulga Hopewell, whose sharp contrast to the other characters only foreshadows conflict later to come about. In fact, the reader cannot discern any closure to the story until the penultimate page, but O’Connor herself reveals the true nature of the story in one of her books. In Mystery and Manners, the author writes, “The prophet [in reference to the writer] is a realist of distances, and it is this kind of realism that you find in the best modern instances of the grotesque” (44). O’Connor means to say that in Southern fiction, which is grotesque, the writer produces a piece of literature that is meant to invoke realism. Translating this into “Good Country People,” one can infer that the plot is driven by perception, and perception through the characters. Overall, it is Mrs. Hopewell’s naivety and idea of “good country people,” Mrs. Freeman’s ability to perceive, Hulga’s arrogance and lack of experience, and Manley Pointer’s utilization of Mrs. Hopewell’s faults and Hulga’s arrogance to achieve his ends that leads to the theme, “one cannot comprehend the true nature of the world superficially.” Mrs. Hopewell apprises quite early what her perspective on life is. After the narrator, who is omniscient, refers to the manner in which the Freemans were hired, readers are able to peer deeper into…

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