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Characterization of Joy in "Good Country People"

Summary: An overview of the character Joy Hopewell in Flannery O'Connor's short story "Good Country People." A 33-year-old woman possessing a PhD. in philosophy, Joy is nevertheless characterized by O'Connor as ungrateful, childish, and exhibiting behavioral issues as a result of losing her leg in a hunting accident. Her sour temperament and her introspectiveness have taught her nothing about the world, people, or judging a person's character.
Joy Hopewell is the thirty-three-year-old maimed child of Ms. Hopewell in Flannery O'Connor's short story, Good Country People." Joy is characterized throughout the story as an ungrateful, childish adult with a bad temperament. Joy's leg has been shot off in a hunting accident over twenty years ago, and it can be presumed that at least some of her behavioral issues can be attributed to the accident.

Ms. Hopewell, the eternally helpful and kind character, wakes up at seven each morning to light the heaters in her and Joy's rooms. Joy shows her gratitude by stomping her artificial leg unnecessarily on the way to the bathroom and then slamming the door upon her arrival. She often has outbursts when her mother asks her to walk to the fields. She even changed her name from Joy to Hulga when she was away at college, and her mother is convinced that...

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