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

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

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

***** uses a comic tone to subvert ***** verities in the course of this story. Both ***** and Po*****ter have perverted their sense of integrity in pursuit ***** false gods. Mrs. Freeman sets the tone of certainty that is ********** perverted in the *****teraction ***** Hulga ***** Pointer. For O'Connor, it would seem that the act ***** selling Bibles is itself a sinful **********, at 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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