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Good Country People

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