In the brilliant writing of the story “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Conner, it shows how people tend to use clichés in ways that make it easy for them to avoid thinking or seeing clearly. O’Conner develops naïve and close-minded as the main theme that connects with the characters Hulga, Mrs. Hopewell, and Mrs. Freeman because all three characters seem intelligent , but yet again can’t use their common sense in different levels. I.
She never really grew up, she acts like a rebellious teenager, when she’s actually a grown woman in her 30’s 1.
Stomps around the house slamming doors
Accusing her mother of being stupid
Wears a grungy old skirt, and a sweater with a cowboy on it B.
Has pride in her own intellect and in her mastery of existentialism 1.
Comes crashing down when she is so gullible and naïve
Easily manipulated by the young “bible” sales man
Hulga may be on some spiritual search
Her denial that god exists
Fooled by Manly, who makes her think he is a religious country bumpkin 3.
Hulga turns out to be not so wise or worldly
Less apparent sinner
Simplistic, content to make judgments solely on superficial qualities B.
Mrs. Hopewell mindlessly conforms to society’s standards 1.
Judges her daughter constantly
Places people in to categories based on “class and kind” C.
Has one-dimension approach to life
Does not approve of her daughter becoming a philosopher, an intellectual profession she has trouble understanding. 2.
Cannot conceive of the life of the mind rather than try, but she ignores it. III.
Has an obsession with people’s physical problems
Focuses on the superficial aspects of others
Exhibits a flawed and shallow personality
Choses to focus on physical deformities
Hulga’s deformity attracts her
Mrs. Freeman feels that she understands people based on their physical deformity or illness. 1.
Her narrow-minded focuses on a person’s suffering...
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