Even though a façade is put on, one realizes how vulnerable Hulga Hopewell actually is. Hopewell's greatest platitude is perhaps her daughter's name, Joy. As he grew up in New Albany, Mississippi, the Southern society influenced to him. That night Hulga imagines with her superior mind and education that she is in control and that she will seduce him. The introduction of the bible salesman, Manley Pointer, is in and of itself another play on the use of names as symbolic meaning. Emily, the protagonist, has fallen down the social ladder and cannot recognize that time is moving forward, meaning that everything is changing.
Hulga lets down her guard because she feels in such complete control and becomes comfortable with Manley. Hulga thinks he's not nearly as smart as she is. He also wants to see where her false leg attaches to her real one. She creates a condition of self-isolation in her life. O'Connor begins the work with a protagonist named Joy who changes her name to Hulga; she believes it is the ugliest name she could think of and the name itself is befitting of how she feels about her life to date.
Connor artistically cultivates character development throughout her story as a means of creating multi-level themes that culminate in allegory. He leaves, and outside, Hulga is waiting for him in the road. The Bible Salesman acts insulted, and says that Hulga has just been using him. . She used to be insecure about her wooden leg, but now she reveres it as her defining quality, besides her education. At the ending of the story Lane imagines what he wants Sheri to say when he tells her the truth — that he does not love her. Flannery O'Connor includes this string of events in order to show the significant role parents play in developing their children's self-esteem, as well as reveal that even though Joy Hopewell begins to believe that she is not beautiful, she For instance, Joy legally changes her name to Hulga.
Freeman is given attributes that parallel those of Manley Pointer. Part of the brilliant writing in this story shows how people tend to use clichés in ways that make it easy for them to avoid thinking or seeing clearly. Freeman, begins the morning routine: she lights the gas heaters, and then her daughter goes into the bathroom and slams the door. He looks at her in a way that no one else ever has before. As Manly leaves Hulga without her false leg, he tells her that he collects prostheses from the disabled.
A Bible salesman, purportedly named Manley Pointer, visits the family and is invited for dinner despite the Hopewells' lack of interest in purchasing Bibles. Hopewell prides herself in this decision, congratulating herself for being so clever. We first announced the site closure in January 2018, through a site-wide banner that appeared to all logged-in users and needed to be clicked on to dismiss During the closure period a range of banners were shown to users, including a countdown banner in the final month. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant. The conflict is that Lane is not honest with Sheri about his true feelings and this leads to the unhappy and tense atmosphere.
The narrator describes her as blonde, highly educated, and thirty-two years old. Hopewell reveal themselves to be totally ignorant of the truth of the world around them. At this point, the Bible Salesman comments to Mrs. Another key theme in the story is the concept of reality vs. Themes are the big ideas in a story.
One such object is the wooden leg of Hulga. At dinner, Hulga pretends not to hear whenever the Bible Salesman speaks to her. He tells Hulga that he loves her. They enter a barn to sit down, and climb up a ladder to the loft. He is wearing a new hat and carrying his valise, which Hulga notes seems to be much less heavy today. Hopewell spends two hours listening to the Bible Salesman talk about his life before telling him that she must be going. Before the Freemans moved in, Mrs.
Manley Pointer, the Bible salesman, is the antagonist. Hulga is a great example of this. She never could have known that he was the opposite of everything he seemed and that only Hulga and his other victims would know the fiend that he really was. We see that Hulga has never really grown up. Everyone wants to believe that they are beautiful.
The existentialist ends up losing their faith in life, and is left believing in nothing. Even though he criticized the Puritanism, he was fully a Puritan. She did find joy in the company of a young man named Manley Pointer, though, who taught Hulga that he was not the boy he seemed to be and that she never should have trusted him. Hopewell that, unlike many other young men, he is not interested in selling Bibles to pay for college—he simply wants to serve his faith. She is very serious in her faith and values and she is a girl who knows what she wants.
Freeman are in the back pasture and as they watch him leave, Mrs. Joy is an and has a Ph. Manley Pointer not only smiles at her, but gazes at her in admiration and tenderness. He also asked her to meet him on Saturday at her gate and go on a picnic with him, to which she agreed. He insists that every family should have a Bible in the parlor, but Mrs. The Bible Salesman says that he meant no offense, and that God will take care of her. During the date, he persuades her to go up into the barn loft where he persuades her to remove her prosthetic leg and takes her glasses.