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In the short story, "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor tells us that everyone's lives can be torn by acts of weakness and evil.

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Contessia Surratt English 102 Mrs. Marsh February 24, 2003 "Good Country People" In the short story, "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor tells us that everyone's lives can be torn by acts of weakness and evil. Everyone has a weakness of some sort, just like the characters of this story did. People often put on fronts and they don't act themselves. Evil is everywhere. Everyone has their faults and there is no such thing as a faultless person. One of Mrs. Hopewell's favorite sayings "Nothing is perfect," is seen in the very beginning of the story (O'Connor 131). This quote seems to be portraying the way she sees life. Later on in the story, we find out that her saying is correct, but she does not live by this. ...read more.

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He asked her to marry him, but she says, "She would rather marry a man with only a '36 Plymouth who would be married by a preacher" (O'Connor 137). Her focus is on material goods rather than the man she plans to marry. Carramae is already married at the age of fifteen. Their lives don't really seem that interesting to talk about because of the situation they are in. Joy-Hulga is easily the most taken advantage of character in the entire story. She appears to be ugly and evil, but deep down she has this desire for love and happiness. She has hidden desires that cause her problems later on in this story. After years of education and self-absorption, Joy-Hulga felt that she had no weaknesses. ...read more.

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He makes using and putting people down his main objective in life. "'I use a different name at every house I call at and I don't stay nowhere long'" (O'Connor 142). Mrs. Hopewell considered Manley Pointer as "a good country person" but unfortunately, he is represented as an evil person. Several people in this story appear to be one thing and end up being just the opposite. The most obvious is Manley Pointer who appears to be "good country folk" and ends up being the root of all evil. Evil is under our noses all the time. "Then she (Mrs. Freeman) returned her attention to the evil-smelling onion shoot she was lifting from the ground" (O'Connor 143). Manley Pointer walks right by as she picks up the "evil-smelling" onion. We must all be aware of evil and for most people we will be beaten at our own game. People must learn about themselves before they start to rely on other people. ...read more.

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