Essay about Good Country People

996 Words May 20th, 2012 4 Pages
The short story “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor reveals that evil comes in many disguises and that it will try to harm believers and even nonbelievers. Manley Pointer’s character serves as evil and is similar to the serpent in the bible. Manley Pointer has crafty evil ways, he is malicious, and deceitful just as the serpent was to Adam and Eve in the Bible. Manley Pointer is introduced as a good country simple young man who is going around selling Bibles. He tries to sell Mrs. Hopewell a bible but she does not buy one, because she has one already so she invites Manley to stay for dinner. As she talks to him she is under the impression that he is a good country person, which she believes is a person who is a person from the …show more content…
Like the serpent taught Eve a lesson, “Manley Pointer is teaching Joy-Hulga Hopewell more lessons than she ever learned in college”(Oliver par. 8). As Manley takes Hulga away from her home, which is taking her out her comfort zone, and taking her into the ‘real’ world, he starts to slowly rob her of her mind, body and soul. He seduces her and makes her feel even more comfortable with him. To gain control of her he tells her to him that she loves him, which she does. Now that he has control over her, he can now make her do whatever he wishes. Last but not least he asks for her leg (soul). Hulga is very dependent of her leg and it is the most important thing to her. Hulga gives in and takes it off and Manley takes it and put it in his briefcase with his other prosthetics (souls). Manley’s suitcase symbolizes hell where he keeps his souls and other evilness, like liquor, sex cards, and medicine in a small box. He leaves by informing Hulga that he is just like her, he too does not believe in God. Manley Pointer has slithered his way into the Hopewell’s life and bought with him all his lies and deceit. He is a figuration of man’s sinful ways, the curse that was stocked upon by Adam and Eve, from listening to evil. He goes around destroying people, by luring them into his prey and taking power of them, when he is done, he makes one feel as though they died. At the end the story he tells Hulga “I have been believing in nothing since I was born!”(O’Connor

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