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Grotesque Characters

***** in fiction generally reflect aspects of the human condition and so are drawn as realistically as possible. Even *****n, some 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 their w*****ks 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 characters in all three stories can ***** seen as convey*****g local color to the reader ***** as representing a partial view of a segment of the country, and in all three cases, ***** part of ***** country is the South. Th***** does not mean that grotesque characters are associated only ***** the South, for they are not. Such characters serve to illustrate a ********** 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 w*****h the tension between body and mind, the physical and the spiritual. Flannery O'Connor presents th***** tension in the context of an almost allegorical structure. As with many ***** her *****, "Good Country People" takes place in a world that is cruel, *****ere human beings inflict damage on one ano*****r ***** as a matter of course. The ***** O'Connor creates in her stories is ***** where the conflict between mind and ***** is often bloody and may border on the grotesque, and in ***** ***** the plot and theme unfolds in a world with mythological power and significance. ***** theme of abandonment ***** strong ***** "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 ***** *****, ultimately we ***** alone.

In "Good Country People" it is Hulga who is ab*****oned as the Bible salesman runs ********** with her wooden leg. The tone of ***** abandonment is different in each of ***** stories ***** of where ***** places her emphasis and where she places the reader in terms ***** the consciousness of the characters. Hulga is ***** central ***** ***** "Good Country *****," and she is also trying to seduce the salesman, thinking him an innocent, and 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 story. Both Hulga and Pointer have perverted their sense of integrity in pursuit ***** false gods. Mrs. Freeman sets the tone of certainty that is then perverted in the *****teraction between Hulga and Pointer. For O'Connor, it would seem ***** 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 from


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