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Grotesque 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 ********** of their behavior or some unusual feature that sets them apart. Grotesque ***** can serve several different purposes and ***** 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 stories can be seen as conveying local color to ***** reader ***** as representing a partial view of a segment ***** the country, and in all three cases, ***** part of ***** country is the South. This does not mean that grotesque characters are associated only w*****h the *****, for *****y are not. Such characters serve to illustrate a particular vision of the South in these three stories, though, and also suggest a certain heightened treatment of character and narrative in order to convey a theme.

Good ***** People" is a story infused with the tension between body and mind, the physical and the spiritual. Flannery O'Connor presents th***** 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 ***** as a m*****tter of course. The ***** O'Connor creates in her ***** is ***** where the conflict between ***** and ***** is often bloody ***** may b***** on ***** grotesque, and ***** these stories the plot and theme unfolds in a world with mythological power and significance. The theme of ab**********ment is strong in "Good ***** People" and reinforces the idea that the mind actually separates us from the world around us so that no matter what connections we might make with ***** world, ultimately we are alone.

In "Good Country People" it is Hulga who ***** abandoned as the Bible salesman runs off ***** her wooden leg. The tone of ***** abandonment is different in each of her ***** because ***** where ***** places her emphas***** and where she places the reader ***** terms of the consciousness of the *****s. Hulga is ***** central consciousness in "***** Country People," ***** ***** is also trying to seduce the salesman, thinking him an innocent, and is *****n hoist by her own petard because he is not innocent at all.

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


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