Literary Analysis - Rough Draft 2

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Largent 1 Michael Largent Mr. Boyt Advanced Writing 22 October 2008 What’s in a name? Throughout Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Good Country People,” the characters’ names are more essential to the story than just a form of identification. O’Connor uses these names to further develop and enhance the central conflicts present in the story. Mrs. Freeman, for example, is portrayed as the happiest character in the story due to her simple life with no worries. Manley Pointer, Hulga, and Mrs. Hopewell, on the other hand, all have struggles with themselves and others, resulting in their terrible character. As a result, the use of the symbolic names in “Good Country People” creates a more in-depth struggle between the main characters throughout the story. The conflict between Joy and her mother, Mrs. Hopewell, would not have been as developed if the characters had ordinary names. Mrs. Hopewell believed all people are good and well, but she always had a main hope that Joy would become the ideal woman. However, Joy’s
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2010 for the course HET 489 taught by Professor Zhenwei during the Three '08 term at Swinburne.

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