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Love and friendship create the makings for a wonderful story but why not add a twist of mistrust and deceit to really grab you by the heartstrings Thats what Flannery OConner did in Good Country People Through her vivid character descriptions she clearly communicates the idea that people arent always what they seem The irony and symbolism that exists in her portrayal of relationships clearly communicates her theme that there is often much more to a person than what appears on the surface To say the least the character development is diverse in Good Country People Joy or Hulga as she preferred to be called had a degree in philosophy which she believed made her far smarter than others due to her academic background and credentials It does not take long to discern Hulgas lack of good sense and smarts as she becomes acquainted with the good ol bible salesman a man supposedly honest and good as he makes his living by selling the good word and enriching the lives of the country folk He begins by courting Hulga and upon winning her over they meet one afternoon for a walk During this walk their true colors begin to shine through After being led on a seemingly spontaneous walk through the woods Hulga is humiliated when the conniving salesman expresses his desire to have sex with her Much to Hulgas dismay upon denying him any sexual favors he takes her wooden leg which quickly reveals her naivety and fragility The symbolism is strong as we witness the theft of Hulgas wooden leg by a supposedly good and true Christian Bible salesman This event is the greatest indicator of Hulgas true vulnerability As a child Hulga lost her leg for which the doctors provided her with a wooden prosthetic leg as a replacement Hulga believes that she requires no help throughout life Having such a belief or non-belief rather leads her to think that
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