I believe the theme of "Good Country People" is to not trust anyone and people are not always what they seem to be. I think that the literay device that is most significant is is situational irony because what the reader believed of the young man was the complete opposite of what he was. The title itself was ironic also because the idea of "Good Country People" may have shown that those kinds of people essentially don't exist and that most are more complex than they may seem. Joy lived her life trusting nobody and nothing and she never listened to her mom about "Good Country People" and when she decided to all of a sudden it completely backfires on her. What a sad, sad story.
The theme of "Good Country People" is quite simply, don't judge a book by it's cover. The device most important to this story is irony because the entire story is ironic, the boy changes his personality at the end from what he characterized like throughout the whole story, the girl who doesn't believe in god and love says she loves the boy and tries to prove it, and even at the end of the book, its ironic the ladies think the boy is still nice and innocent because they don't know what the boy did to joy. Joy's name is also ironic because she has no Joy, and the only reason her mom calls her Joy is because she can't accept that Joy is not joyful.
In the story "Good Country People", the major theme portrayed in this story is that you shouldn't characterize a person based on their religious beliefs. In the beginning, we thought that Manley was a "good country" religious person who was trying to spread the word by selling bibles. So the title of this story is ironic because this man was just the opposite of a moral person. Towards the end of the story, we can see that Joy has potential of being a less pessimistic person, who was just facing the set back of her disablement. Regardless of her beliefs in God, she wasn’t an immoral person who was doing evil acts in the world. On the other hand, Manley acted like a righteous person who wanted to “love” Joy, but this was a cruel act to try and steal her fake leg. Even though everyone believed that he was a religious person, he acted just the opposite. That is why we should get to know a person before we can assume anything about them despite their "appeared" belief in God.
The author uses irony and symbolism in order to convey the idea that no one, just because they seem wholesome and pure, should be trusted. The author draws connections between the two characters by having them both hide behind the attribute that defines them: Pointer and his Bibles and Joy with her leg. Each of them use these outward, unique symbols to hide behind and fool the outside world with. It is ironic however what the symbols are. Pointer is secretly and untrustworthy person, yet he goes around selling Bibles, something he does not even beleive in. Joy on the other hand acts cold, lifeless, and fake, just like her prostetic leg to the world when she is a warm loving person deep down.
O'Connor uses irony all throughout the story to create the theme of to never judge or trust anybody because of their race, religion, appearance, etc. Readers are tricked to believe that Manley is just another good 'country people' until he steals Hulga's wooden leg. The sudden shift in his personality from a good Christian to a thief. Just in this shift O'Connor uses irony but the whole story is ironic in a sense. All throughout the story Mrs. Hopewell had always hated 'trash' and believed that if she ever came accross 'good country people' she should hang onto them. Manley seemed to have slightly earned her trust until the end.
I think the theme of "Good Country People" is that people aren't always who they appear to be on the outside. I think the literary device that is most significant in the portrayal of the theme is irony. It is very ironic that the girl's name is Joy when she isn't at all a happy person. It is also ironic that the boy is selling bibles and acting like a "good country boy" meanwhile he has completely different motives on the inside. People assume a boy selling bibles is ultimately harmless but this boy turned out to be the complete opposite. Also the girl was full of hate and never opened up to anyone but she took a chance on this boy and it ended up being a huge mistake.
Throughout the short story "Good Country People," O'Connor uses irony to show that nothing in life is as it seems. Joy, who is apparently very pretty, ironically chooses to be called the ugliest name she could think of. Also, Manley ended up being the complete opposite of what he seemed. Everyone saw him as an innocent, poor, lonely bible salesman, while he was really an impure liar. The story is sad, but it coneys so much truth. O'Connor showed that many things in life seem sugar-coated, but beneath that layer of sweetness lies the harsh truth.
I think the theme in this story is that nothing is what it seems. I can see why Joy changed her name to Hulga because her real name does not fit her at all. She is looked at one way by her family and friends, who are the "good country people" O'Conner is probably referring to. But, inside she has a loss of faith and is not as good as she appears to others. Irony definately contributes to the theme. The story was based around Hulga's lost wooden leg, but ironically she lost her faith instead. From experiencing the loss of something that meant something to her, she learned new things, which contributed to her loss of faith. It's also ironic how her name is Joy, and she is the farthest thing from joyful.
I believe the theme of "Good Country People" is to disregard stereotypes and trust others through your experience's with them. The story is represented through its irony. The girl Joy/Hulga never trusted anyone in her life. When she finally trusts and opens up to someone, of course, the person she opens up to is a shame. It relates to the theme because you think that since the boy is this country boy that he is a gentleman and a good person. In reality, he is evil and thus this creates the irony of the story. Humans need to open up, but not give off full trust to others and stay away from that stereotype.
I believe the theme of this story is that people are not able to accurately predict how other people will act, no matter how much they believe they know about human behavior. This is primarily shown by irony, in which Hulga believes that she has the upper-hand over the bible salesman and she believes she knows more about the world than he does (she refers to him as the most innocent boy she has known in her thoughts) when in reality, he was tricking her so that he could steal her wooden leg and glasses. Even though Hulga felt that she had learned life's secrets in that there is no point, she ended up being fooled and conned because she assumed she knew what she was doing.
I think that the theme of this story is that people are not always what they seem to be on the outside and that they may have an ulterior motive. This theme is portrayed by characterization and irony. Its ironic that a boy who seems to be a sweet, religious, country boy turns out to be malevolent and cunning person. Also he is characterized to be someone who he truly isn't so its shocking when you find out his true nature at the end of the story. It's so sad how you can think you know who a person truly is from the outside but what lays on the inside is completely different.
I think that the main rhetorical device used to portray the theme is situational irony. The author describes Pointer as being simple and a "good country boy" when in reality he is a lying and decieving character whose morals are obviously not the same as the people of the country's. It's also ironic that he sells Bibles considering he does not believe in religion and clearly does not follow its principles. I think the theme of the piece is that desperation can cause a person to judge by appearance too quickly.
The theme of "Good Country People" is that people are generally selfish, and you must be aware that people are probably lying to you because they have a hidden, often despicable, agenda and will flatter you to eventually decieve you. The author uses irony to portray this theme. It was ironic that Joy, such a lovely name for a lovely person, changed her name to an ugly one--Hulga. The title of the short story is also ironic because the farm boy was not a "good country person." He was a lying fraud who cheated people with kind manners and underprivileged appearances to get money out of them or steal from them.
In"Good Country People" O'Connor tries to get the idea that you should never judge someone until you actually know them. Even after that you still need to be careful becasue you never know who you can trust. Throughout the short story, O'Connor uses many literary techniques. One main one that is used is irony. One example is Joy's name. She has no joy inside of her and the only reason why he mom calls her "Joy" is becasue she cant except that Joy is not joyful. Another example of irony that was used was In the beginning, when we thought that Manley was a "good country" religious person who was trying to spread the word by selling bibles. This is ironic to the titlw becasue the man happens to
I think the theme in "Good Country People" is that we will all be misled by those we bend to trust. It happens all too often that we drop our guard, and once this happens, people penetrate our defense and take advantage of us. The irony in this story is unbelievable and attributes to the story's incredible deceit. Manley Pointer's name can even be interpreted as being ironic; the denotation from Manley is obviously "manly", and usually manliness is stereotypically comprised of courageousness, strength, and honesty. Pointer obviously does not behold any of these traits. Their constant reference to him being a "good country people" is also a consistent trace of irony throughout the story; no one expected this kind of utter betrayal to come from someone they believe is a good Christian boy. It's kind of hysterical how his faked honesty was so compelling, but in the end he was still incredibly honest with the girl whose prosthetic limb he has just stolen. Also, her wooden leg serves as a metaphor throughout the story-- it portrays humanity's sincerity and empathy. Hers becomes apparent through an unintentional accident, something that often happens to the public; our underbellies are exposed most often when we cannot control them. Manley portrays ingenuity and greed, and when he removes her leg, he shows that these can often trick the former emotions and have them release their guard. We are all incredibly weak and easily fooled by the intentions of our distasteful emotions that we cannot comprehend.
I think the theme of the story is that as a part of life each individual experience needs to be taken at face value. Past experiences cannot, and should not suffice as the basis for further decisions. Through the use of situational irony, O'Connor develops characters who all think they know enough about the world and about humankind to pre-determine each other's actions. As a person, I know that it's illogical to even consider this notion. It becomes apparent at the end of the story that people are always changing and that what we may predict and believe about a person may be completely inaccurate. O’Connor explains using descriptive diction how Joy chose the name Hulga for herself because she felt it more accurately fit her life and condition. Her obvious lack of self-esteem made her extremely vulnerable. When Manley came along and seemed to show affection towards her she fell for him, and she fell hard. When Manley took her prosthetic, he basically tore out her foundation from beneath her, forcing her to stay stuck in the attic until help arrives-if it ever does. Ironically, Manley was also one of the first people Hulga ever developed a connection with despite the fact that at first she judged him as another annoying house guest. It seems that O’Connor formulated the plot so that it all built up to the moment where Hulga consented to showing Manley her leg. She said she had come “face to face with real innocence,” however it was truly Hulga that would be tricked. The irony laced throughout the aspects of the short story is also ironic, because it displays yet another inconsistent factor. The ironic situations are consistently switching between realistic and slightly fantastic, further emphasizing the need for a specific response to every specific situation.
In "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor conveys the theme that you can't judge someone based on mere looks or names; you must get to know the person before you start to trust them. O'Connor gets this point across by showing irony among the characters. Irony is used several times in this story however it is very noticeable when it comes to Joy. Joy is someone who is not at all joyful, yet her name is Joy. Ironic huh? You would think that if someone’s name were Joy, than they would be joyful-not in this case. Also, Joy apparently is a pretty girl however; she wants to be called the ugliest name she knows. This story is filled with irony and it shows that people are not always who they seem to be.
I think the theme is that People are not always what they seem to be. The most significant rhetorical device was the irony. The title was based on the irony. The reader believed this man to be a "good country person" but he was not good in a any way. Joy finally let someone into her sad life, and he ended up leaving her alone in a barn. Even as Mrs. Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman watch the man walk in the distance, they say how nice of a man he was. It is ironic that they are completely unaware Joy is stuck with no leg because of this "good country person."
I believe that the theme of this story is that people cant be judged at face value. People who seem to be good people with altruistic intentions often are quite nefarious and have alterior motives. I believe irony is the most important literary device because it helps to develop the theme. Which is all people and their stories must be taken with a grain of salt.
"Good Country People" shows how outward facades are not always indicative of the truth. While the young man's Bible results in Mrs. Hopewell coming to the conclusion that he is just a simple, good country person, it is this same Bible that he has hollowed out to hold a flask, obscene cards birth control. Irony is the most important rhetorical device to the story. The title adds to the irony as well. It was ironic when Mrs. Hopewell sees the young man after he has stolen Joy's leg and thinks the same of him.
"Good Country People" shows that people are often not what they initially seem and a deeper understanding of who they are is necessary before you trust them completely. I think the major literary devices are irony and allusion. The allusions to the Bible and God suggest that the young man is good and trustworthy because he carries his Bibles around with him all the time. However, after discovering who he truly is, we discover the irony of the story that the young man is using Bibles to trick and steal from people. The irony is also seen in the title of "Good Country People" and that the young man appears to be a typical country boy from a family that has had some hardships, but in the end, he is the complete opposite. It is also ironic that when Joy's mother sees him leaving at the end of the story, she still thinks of him with this "good country people" idea.
"Good Country People" was an ironic short story that although supposeably upsetting, was almost comical because the work was quite strange. The irony of the story was that the young boy seemed generally good and wholesome ( which was supported by the biblical allusions ), but in reality he was not trustworthy. In my opinion, the theme was that sometimes people are not as they seem and may even contain anterior motives.
I think the major theme of this short story is that without personal confidence, trust toward other and often undeserving people will result in various problems. The literary device that O’Connor uses to show this is irony. Joy was unhappy with herself, yet she goes and changes her name to Hulga because she feels that she is not fit for the name. She makes no attempt to advance herself or change the things about her that she does not like. When she finally meets a man, Manley, he turns out being the worst character we are introduced to. The one person she feels comfortable enough to show her prosthetic leg to turns out to be a completely fake person with no intent but to steal her prosthetic leg. I think O’Connor includes this in the characterization and plot of his story to show this theme. Hulga is clearly a very insecure character— insecure enough to legally change her name. She continues this until she meets a man who lies to her and as a result, her insecurity leads her to believe him. The entire title of the story itself provides us with this irony. “Good Country People,” and there is not one good country person in the story. Hulga’s mother lacked any pride in her daughter and Hulga had none herself. Every character other than Manley, trusted a stranger with the assumption that he was ‘good’.
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