Good Country People by Flannery O'connor Essay
Hulga’s birth name was Joy. When Joy/Hulga was 21, she wanted to show her mother she was in control by changing her name. Elizabeth Hubbard states that Hulga, “triumphs in her self-naming not only because it enables her to gain a sense of power over her mother, but also because she feels she as in some sense created herself” (58). …show more content…
A person controls their actions and does not allow their actions control them. Hulga cannot even control herself by the ugly remarks, and negative facial expressions. Hulga states, “If you want me, here I am-- LIKE I AM” (274). This statement is not of a person in control of oneself but that with childlike behaviors. Cynthia Gayman states “we have to get out of our own way in order to see what may be in front us---precisely what Hulga . . . does not do” (152). Once, again, her actions are controlling her. Even though Hulga believes, she is in full control.
In addition, Hulga not being able to control her action showed up even more when a Bible salesman comes calling. Hulga tried to take control of the situation once again by telling her mother “Git rid of the salt of the earth," and “let’s eat” (279). Once again, Hulga lost