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  • Good Country People Flannery O’Connor Page 364 Group Members: Emily Nordman Whitney Rice Adam Zuwala Marcie Ashley
  • About the Author
    • Flannery O'Connor
    • Lived in Georgia
    • March 25, 1925 - August 1964
    • Southern Writer - Gothic style
    • Liked to use regional settings and grotesque characters
    • Religion - Roman Catholic
    • Degree in Social Sciences
    Emily
  • Plot Summary
      • Joy constantly tries to rebel against her mother
      • PhD in Philosophy
      • Changes name to Hulga
      • Hulga tries to seduce Bible salesman
      • He persuades her to take off her glasses and wooden leg
      • Packs them into a suitcase between a bible, a flask and pornographic cards.
      • He leaves her in barn loft, telling her he collects prosthetics from the disabled.
      • Hulga is shocked he isn’t good country people.
    Emily
  • Setting
    • Mrs. Hopewell’s family farm in rural Georgia
    Emily
  • Characters
    • Mrs. Hopewell
    • Tennant family, The Freeman’s.
    • Mrs. Hopewell's daughter, Joy who got her leg shot off in an accident as a child.
    • Bible salesman, Manly Pointer.
    • DISCUSS:
    • Are there any hero’s in the story?
    Emily
  • Dialogue
    • DISCUSS:
    • What kind of language does O’Connor use to describe the characters?
    Marcie
  • Literary Terms - Hubris
    • Greek for “insolence”
    • Protagonist’s tragic flaw of overbearing pride, leads to reversal of fortune
    • Hulga’s leg = pride
    • She believes she is superior to others, and is sure she can outsmart Manly Pointer - yet it happens to be the other way around.
    Whitney
  • Irony
    • DISCUSS:
    • What is ironic about the scene where Manly takes the items from Hulga?
    • (Physically and metaphorically blinded)
    Emily
  • Philosophy
    • Existentialism :
      • Individual is responsible for giving own life meaning
      • Nietzsche - page 368
    • Nicolas Malebranche - page 368
    • DISCUSS:
    • What do you think the author means by the quote, “ We are not our own light?”
    Whitney
  • Literary Tools
    • Color
    • Names
    • Hulga/Joy vrs. O’Connor?
      • Lupus
      • Age
        • O’Connor died at age 39
    Whitney
  • Connections - Identity
    • Joy’s rebellion through atheism
    • Changing her name to Hulga
    • Contrasts “Piano Lesson”
    • Identity, conformity, culture
    • DISCUSS:
    • How does the author perceive atheists?
    • Is this point of view relevant to the group of people?
    Adam
  • Connections - Deception
    • Manly Pointer seems to be something he is not.
    • Compares to “Cask of Amontillado” when Montresor lures Fortuna to kill him.
    • Recognition of evil
    • Man’s inhumanity against man
    Adam
  • Discuss…
    • What is being said about faith and religion in the text?
    • God turned to foolishness the 'wisdom' of this world
      • I Corinthians 1:20
    • What does the author mean by “Good Country People?”
  • Works Cited O'Connor, Flannery. "Good Country People." Introduction to Literature . Comp. Dr. Christy Rishoi. Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2010. Print.