Good Country People Essay

647 WordsOct 23, 20113 Pages
Irony of “Good Country People” Many people have a tendency to accept others based upon how they perceive that individual. Often, people accept others by observing only what is on the outside or inside, forgetting to accept that persons for whom they truly are. In O’Connor’s “Good Country People” good country people are individuals whom we as the readers are lead to believe are devoted and righteous Christians. However, when the personalities of the characters are revealed, we learn that they are not who we expected them to be. In particularly, the perceptions are revealed symbolically with Hulga’s leg. Hulga’s leg is used to represent how each active character of the story perceives her leg and how the cliché “good country people” is used ironically in the story. First to Hulga, her deformity emphasizes who she is as an individual. Her wooden leg symbolizes her intelligence, pride, strength, freedom, confidence, and inner-beauty. All of which others fail to acknowledge. Throughout the story, Hulga has a hard time coping with how other individuals perceived her deformity. Living with her deformity at times, often left Hulga feeling sensitive, hopeless and unconfident. Instead, of believing and being self-conscious about how others perceived her, Hulga searched within herself to truly distinguish who she is as an individual. Although, Hulga is not a very pretty girl, she uses her Ph.D. to place her beyond anyone else. Hulga claims she does not trust or believe in anything. Ultimately, she does have total faith in her education and wooden leg. Second, Mrs. Hopewell first appears to readers as an optimistic woman, having a weakness for who she believes in as “good country people.” In the result of Hulga’s deformity, Mrs. Hopewell fails to accept Hulga for who she truly is. This reveals to readers that Mrs. Hopewell is self-fish, deceptive and

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