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Grotesque Characters

Characters in fiction generally reflect aspects of the human condition and so are drawn as realistically as possible. Even then, some characters can be characterized as grotesque *****cause of their behavior or some unusual feature that sets them apart. Grotesque ***** can serve several different purposes and can differentiate writers and their works more completely, ***** can be seen with reference to such characters ***** works such as Eudora Welty's "Petrified Man," Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People," and William Faulkner's "Barn Burning."

As it happens, the characters in all three s*****ries can ***** seen as convey*****g local color to the reader ***** as representing a partial view of a segment ***** ***** country, and in all ***** cases, that part of the country is ***** South. This does not mean that grotesque characters are associated only ***** the South, for they ***** not. Such characters serve to illustrate a ********** vision of the South in these three stories, though, ***** also suggest a certain heightened treatment of character and narrative in order to convey a theme.

Good Country People" is a story infused with the tension between body and mind, the physical and the spiritual. Flannery O'Connor presents this tension in ***** context of an almost *****egorical structure. As ***** many ***** her stories, "Good Country People" takes place in a world that is cruel, where human be*****gs inflict damage on one another almost as a m*****tter of course. The world O'Connor creates in her stories ***** one ***** the conflict between ***** and body is *****ten bloody and may border on ***** *****, and in ***** stories the plot and theme unfolds ***** a world with mythological power and signifi*****ce. The theme of abandonment ***** strong in "Good ***** People" and rein*****ces the idea that ***** mind actually separates us from the ***** around us so ***** no matter what connections we might make with that world, ultimately we are alone.

In "Good Country People" it is Hulga who ***** abandoned as the Bible salesman runs *****f ***** her wooden leg. ***** tone of the abandonment is different in each of her ***** beca*****e of where O'Connor places her emphasis and w*****e she places ***** reader ***** terms ***** the consciousness of the characters. Hulga is the central consciousness in "***** Country *****," and she is also trying to seduce the *****, thinking him an innocent, ********** is ***** hoist by her own petard because he is not innocent at all.

***** uses a comic tone to subvert certain verities in the course of this story. Both ***** and Po*****ter have perverted ***** sense of integrity in pursuit of false gods. Mrs. Freeman sets the tone of certainty that is ********** perverted in the ********** bet*****en Hulga ***** Pointer. For O'Connor, it would seem that the act of selling Bibles is itself a sinful *****, *****t least as carried forth ***** men like *****. They travel around and break every commandment while they make their living *****


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