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Grotesque Characters

***** in fiction generally reflect aspects of the human condition and so are drawn as realistically as possible. Even **********, *****me characters can be characterized as grotesque ********** of their behavior or some unusual feature that sets them apart. Grotesque characters can serve several different purposes and can differentiate writers and their w*****ks more completely, ***** ***** be seen with reference to such characters in 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 ***** in all three stories can ***** seen as conveying local color to the reader ***** as representing a partial view of a segment of ***** country, and in all ***** cases, ***** part of the country is the South. This does not mean that grotesque characters are associated only ***** the South, for *****y ***** not. Such characters serve to illustrate a particular vision of the South in these three stories, though, and also suggest a certain heightened treatment ***** character and narrative in order to convey a theme.

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

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

O'Connor uses a comic *****ne to subvert certain verities in the course of this s*****ry. Both Hulga and Pointer have perverted their sense of integrity in pursuit of false gods. Mrs. Freeman sets the tone of *****ty that is ***** perverted in the *****teraction ***** Hulga ***** Pointer. For O'Connor, it would seem ***** the act ***** selling Bibles is itself a sinful *****, at least as carried forth ***** men like Pointer. They travel around and break every commandment while they make their living *****

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