Themes and Motifs
The following is a brief synopsis of the themes and motifs in "Good Country People".
- Hulga vs. Manley – presumed knowledge versus the actual knowledge and experience. The main conflict in the story.
- Naivity (with 2 dots on the i) vs. Experience -Hulga represents naivity and Manley represents knowledge.
- Hulga’s struggle to break the barriers of good country people (Hulga Vs. her mother) -Hulga wants to be better than a good country person but cannot break the barrier to the real world. In an attempt to gain her goal, Hulga gets her Ph.D.
1. Good Country People- the reference to the perceived simplicity and innocence of the people.
2. Names-The occurrence of the symbolism of the character names is a motif.
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