Essay about Good Country People By Flannery O ' Connor

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In the short story, “Good Country People” three different types of irony are employed by the author Flannery O 'Connor. Verbal, situational and dramatic irony are among the most important elements that writers use to highlight a contrast between what seems and what actually is. Once the reader is aware of this difference he gains valuable insight about the characters and their real selves. The characters in this story believe they understand themselves and others around them, but they are mistaken. Mrs. Hopewell and her daughter Hulga are both blinded by their deeply held convictions regarding the goodness of people, while Mrs. Freeman and Manly take advantage of their inability to see people’s true selves.
The title of this short story “Good Country People” itself is ironic. The country characters all display their special evils or weaknesses which do not qualify them as “good” people. For example, Mrs. Hopewell insisted that her tenant Mrs. Freeman was a “lady”, and that her two girls Glynese and Carramae were “two of the finest girls she knew”. She adds “the reason for her keeping them so long was that they were not trash. They were good country people” (O 'Connor pg 1632) This statement is ironic because these people were far from good. For example, Mrs. Freeman was nosy, demanding, and a freeloader. Hulga was also disturbed by Mrs. Freeman’s “special fondness for the details of secret infections, hidden deformities, assaults upon children” which made her something that…

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