Good Country People

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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 country and who is a Christian. He tells Mrs. Hopewell that he has “a heart condition and may not live long” (O’Connor 511). Manley also tells her that “ [h]e wants to devote his life to Christian Service… and become a missionary because he thinks that is the way he can do most for people”(511-512). He even starts to talk nonsense, telling her about how his family is struggling and that he is basically on his own in the world. Everything that comes out of his mouth is sad or is something that makes anyone has pity for him. As soon as he enter the Hopewell’s home evil fills the home. His name, Manley Pointer, is a phallic name meaning he wants sex from someone. As Manley enters the home he will not leave unless he leaves with something and that something is Hulga. This is where Manley starts displaying his serpent like traits, “when he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”(John 8:44). As Manley constantly talks he never once told the truth throughout the story, until the end. Though, not everything he says is an absolute lie but he has crafty way of stretching telling the truth. When he says he has a heart condition he is actually, telling the truth because he has weak heart that is...
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