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SYMBOLISM IN GOOD COUNTRY PEOPLE Symbolism plays a major role in Flannery OConnors story Good Country People Multiple objects that are presented in the story appear initially to be merely props but the reader later discovers these props to actually be extremely important and necessary to the dynamics of the story These props or objects symbolically represent the personalities of the characters who possess andor use them One such object in the story is the wooden leg of Hulga When the wooden leg is introduced into the story the reader is compelled to feel sympathy and pity for Hulga due to the circumstances necessitating the wooden leg It is mentioned briefly with little description that the leg was literally blown off in a hunting accident This sounds terrible and is tragic but what is even more tragic is the way Hulga uses the wooden leg as a tool for manipulating situations to suit her An example of this is when she stomps through the house deliberately making a loud ugly-sounding noise Hulgas physical disability and use of the wooden leg symbolizes her as a whole More specifically the leg is strong yet weak at the same time as Hulga appears strong to others but in reality is vulnerable The leg is strong not only because of the obvious fact- it is made from wood but because it provides Hulga with support or in other words a crutch At the same time however it is weak because if removed it would simply be nothing more than a piece of wood And in fact the wooden leg does eventually prove its weakness in the story In
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