Examples Of Irony In Good Country People

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Irony is a disagreement between what is actually being said and what is misunderstood, or what is expected it happen compared to what actually occurs. Authors will usually use this in their stories intentionally to make their audience stop and think about what was just said. The readers must realize when irony is taking place or what is being said in order for the use of irony to be successful. Dramatic irony is most found within books in which they put their characters in certain situations. In “Good Country People (O’Connor 116) we find two different types of irony, there is situational irony and dramatic irony. Most of the example comes from the names of the characters, how the characters act, the central plot of the story as well as the …show more content…
She is an extremely educated woman, but she understands herself so little. One example is that she realizes that she has a “weak heart” in the physical sense, but she also has a weak spiritual heart as well in terms of caring for others. Hulga is a very arrogant woman who always thinks she is one step ahead on everyone else. Mrs. Hopewell, Joy’s mother, is the only one who’s name appropriately fits her attitude and identity. The very idea of Mrs. Hopewell’s beliefs disgusts Hulga who has professed to believe in nothing. Besides Hulga, Manly Pointer the bible salesman is the second biggest example irony in “Good Country People”. The reader would first presume that this man is the very definition of good country people; he turned out to be the complete opposite. Every presumption that one could have about a typical bible sales man, Manley Pointer was the opposite. The bible that he carried himself turned out to be nothing but a hiding place for “a pocket flask of whiskey, a pack of cards, and a small blue box …show more content…
She is an extremely educated woman, but she understands herself so little. One example is that she realizes that she has a “weak heart” in the physical sense, but she also has a weak spiritual heart as well in terms of caring for others. Hulga is a very arrogant woman who always thinks she is one step ahead on everyone else. Mrs. Hopewell, Joy’s mother, is the only one who’s name appropriately fits her attitude and identity. The very idea of Mrs. Hopewell’s beliefs disgusts Hulga who has professed to believe in nothing. Besides Hulga, Manly Pointer the bible salesman is the second biggest example irony in “Good Country People”. The reader would first presume that this man is the very definition of good country people; he turned out to be the complete opposite. Every presumption that one could have about a typical bible sales man, Manley Pointer was the opposite. The bible that he carried himself turned out to be nothing but a hiding place for “a pocket flask of whiskey, a pack of cards, and a small blue box

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