Hypocrisy In John Steinbeck's The Leader Of The People

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John Steinbeck’s “The Leader of the People” studies the relationships between three generations and how quickly one generation can forget the accomplishments and concerns of another. “Yet Do I Marvel” by Countee Cullen is a poem that expresses his doubts and confusions about the world and the relationship between people and God. “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks is a poem written in an ironic manner to portray the carefree and eventual tragic lives of seven dropouts who think that they are “cool.” “Good Country People” by Flannery O’ Connor is a short story in which through the use of irony in her writing, she reveals to us the modern world without vision or knowledge. 1) John Steinbeck starts “The Leader of the People” with Billy Buck, …show more content…
For example, throughout the story Mrs. Hopewell projects an air of moral superiority and speaks of the difference between “good country people” and “trash”, however it’s unclear what makes her so much better than the individuals she frowns upon. She views herself as treating Mrs. Freeman with respect, but in actuality looks down on her. While Mrs. Hopewell closely follows social norms to make her appear moral and kind, she does not act this way out of genuine kindness but rather from a sense of obligation and keeping up pretenses. This facade masks Mrs. Hopewell’s immoral and judgmental nature, even from herself. This is a form of hypocrisy because she only pretends to be truly generous and kind, but only to the point as it gives her the appearance of following social …show more content…
You’re sick! Then she stopped suddenly. Take a lemon out of the cooler, she said softly. Here, I’ll reach the squeezer down to you” (2239). This quote, posing as the end of the story solidifies the fact that Jody has fully matured. His youthful self merely would have faked interest in helping his grandfather in order to get himself a lemonade. The only reason the mother can think of for why he wouldn’t want one is because he could be sick. It is at this point she realizes he has matured. He’s acting selflessly, and so she encourages it. 5) Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" is a Southern Gothic that uses irony, symbolism, and characterization to warn people with a nihilistic philosophy of life that their beliefs will inevitably lead to ruin. In this story a young atheist woman is destroyed when she is brought face-to-face with the evil personification of her worldview. The contradictions within each character teaches and reaffirms the fact that not everything is what it appears to be, for the "holiest" person can be the most evil and the proudest can be the most weak, such is the way of life that O’Connor masterfully

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