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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 ***** differentiate writers and ***** works more completely, as 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 ***** in all three stories can ***** seen ***** convey*****g local color to the reader ***** as representing a partial view of a segment ***** the country, and in all ***** cases, ***** part of ***** country is the South. This does not mean that grotesque characters are associated only ***** the South, for they 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 ***** narrative in order to convey a *****e.

Good ***** People" is a story infused w*****h the tension between body and mind, the physical and the spiritual. Flannery O'Connor presents this ***** in ***** context of an almost *****egorical structure. As with many of her stories, "Good Country People" takes place in a world that is cruel, *****ere human beings inflict damage on one another almost as a m*****tter of course. The ***** O'Connor creates in her stories ***** ***** where the conflict between m*****d and ***** is often bloody ***** may border on the grotesque, and in ***** stories the plot and theme unfolds in a world ***** mythological power and significance. The theme of ab**********ment ***** strong in "Good Country People" and re**********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 ***** alone.

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

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


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