Good Country People by Flannery O'connor Essay

1184 Words 5 Pages
Even though, a person likes to think they are in control, life will show them they are in less control than thought they were. In Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People,” the character Hulga is a person that wants to maintain control in every aspect of her life good or bad. To Hulga it seems she is in constant control of her surroundings and her life. However, she does not have control that she thinks has.
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…
Additionally, Hulga controls her mother by the using the accident and what happened to her leg as a way of mind control. The only way Hulga would have been able to control her life would have been to move out and become independent and away from her mother. However, Hulga “made it plain that if it had not been for this condition, she would be far from these red hills and good country people” (274). Hulga is weak and controlled by her mother more than she thinks. From her weak heart to her wooden leg, she is dependent on her mother. Thus, Hulga is giving up control.
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

Related Documents