They are shrewd and deformed people who behave abnormally to each other to fulfill their selfish interests.
Symbolism has been used in many instances in this story. The writer uses symbolism through Connie’s house telephone. Arnold dissuades her against picking up the telephone with the intention of calling for help, warning that he will take his anger out on her family. The telephone has been used to symbolize Connie’s dilemma of leaving her family to be harmed or protecting herself. When she chooses to protect herself and picks the telephone, the telephone becomes “clammy and heavy and her fingers groped down to dial but were too weak to touch it (Oates, 11). The choice of not using the telephone symbolizes Connie’s love for her family. Another symbol is in Arnold, the antagonist, who the writer uses to symbolize weakness among young girls to the lure of a man with seductive swagger. A man of class and style, Arnold makes girls fall for him, them not realizing that he is an evil man. Connie trusts this stranger who takes advantage of her taking away her innocence. The writer uses Arnold as a symbol of the devil’s temptation and manifestation of evil. The story is told from Connie’s viewpoint; therefore, it is wholly sympathetic towards her and generally explores her feeling and thoughts. Being the protagonist the writer in a sense maintains her liking affection for Connie, even when criticizing the superficial nature of Connie’s romantic notions. Contrast of Individual Versus Individual in the Literary Techniques.
O’Connor, F. (2007). Good Country People. Literature The Human Experience. Massachusetts: Bedford. Abcarian, R. and Klotz, M. pp. 100-114.
Oates, J. C. (1994). Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. New Brunswick, NJ: Routledge.
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