After removing the artificial leg, he did not reattach the limb as Hulga had expected. . Hulga is thirty-two years old, but because of a heart condition she is only expected to live to forty-five. Hopewell was moved to invite him to stay for dinner, during which Hulga completely ignored him. Rufus declares himself to be controlled by Satan on the very first day he meets Sheppard. Freeman and her interactions with Mrs.
Hulga stomps off to her bedroom. This does not seem to be the act of a truly loving mother. She also has an artificial leg. Hulga shows up to the gate at 10 am the next day—when she and the Bible Salesman had agreed to meet—but no one is there. Hulga never considers that she might be the naïve one. Like the god Vulcan who is himself disabled , Hulga imagines herself alone, toiling away at work that others will never appreciate.
Although the themes are independent of each other, the characters are not; the development of one character is dependent upon the development of another. In order to allow the reader to develop a degree of genuine sympathy for Hulga, O'Connor places her in an environment which would appall any sensitive person. He told her that they would have themselves a good time, since there was nothing left to do. The Bible Salesman then takes out one of his Bibles from his valise and opens it, revealing it to be hollowed out inside. Hopewell's attitude toward the Freeman girls — as opposed to her attitude toward Hulga.
From Hulga's point of view, the surrender of her leg was an intellectual decision; consequently, the destruction of her faith in the power of her own intellect can come only through betrayal by the one whom she rationally decided to believe in, to have faith in. Hulga replied that she would work if asked to, but would not simply pretend to be happy—so Mrs. Through the loft opening, Hulga watches Manley leave. She relies on three clichés to define her life or other people. He then produces a hollowed-out Bible containing a bottle of whiskey, sex cards, and some. The story basically begins right after Mrs. It had an icicle crosswise in its beak.
Freeman are happy to gossip. Hulga Hopewell was a very intelligent woman who was involved in an unfortunate hunting accident at the age of ten. Her leg was accidentally shot off in a hunting accident when she was ten-years-old pg. Freeman thinks, but she gets the last word in the story. At the time she changed it, she had a grim vision of the Roman god Vulcan the god of fire, volcanoes, and the forge. The story is divided into four distinct sections which helps emphasize the relationships between the four main characters. Hopewell is embarrassed and angry about her daughter's behavior, but she knows that she must ultimately accept it — because of the hunting accident which cost Joy her leg when she was ten.
Literature is used to explore human experiences in all possibilities. He tells her he loves her and wants her to tell him the same in return. Freeman are wondering what Hulga talked about with salesman who came by yesterday; apparently Hulga is an atheist. It also allows her to show the different sides of each character. She was born Joy, and her mother refuses to call her by her legal name, Hulga, which she chose for its ugliness. Is filled with clichés and claims she has a deeper understanding of the nature of people. He leaves, and outside, Hulga is waiting for him in the road.
Freeman notes that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Carramae, who is married and pregnant, has been vomiting. Julian also sees himself as superior. She fantasizes about seducing what she thinks to be an innocent, vulnerable Christian boy. As she talks to him she is under the impression that he is a good country person, which she believes is a person who is a person from the country and who is a Christian. As they watch the Bible Salesman walk down the road, both Mrs. The Hopewell family contains the main character, Hulga.
Ahem… did you notice that title reference? Freeman came on board, Mrs. Manley Pointer, the Bible salesman, wasn't able to sell Mrs. Ever since then, she has had a prosthetic leg. Hopewell regrets allowing Hulga to return to school to get a PhD. Freeman relishes hearing about deformities, and Hulga has heard Mrs. The short story is about two families residing in Georgia, the Hopewell family and the Freeman family. In so doing, she provokes the reader to question the vitality of religion, social stereotypes and human self-.