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By kristydillon18/5/2021 11:33Tue May 18 11:33:33 2021In response to Are you looking for assignment writing service?

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The first character is Mrs. Freeman and her view on "good country people" appears to be very stereotypical as her face is compared to the truck, which means that she does not look aside and stays straightforward in personal views. In her opinion, any person who is religious or just does something good (Mrs. Hopewell who provides her with a job) refers to the mentioned term in any case. Moreover, this is the most ironic thing because no one was good. Talking about Hulga's view, she feels that "good country people" are not so good at all. Joy tries to separate herself from such human beings in order not to be victimized by emotions. However, it is ironic that in the end of the story Hulga loses the fight against feelings to a "good country man". After analyzing the behavior of Mrs. Hopewell, it is easy to detect her POV about "good country people", i.e. everyone who is foolish, uneducated, and inferior to her is considered as a part of the mentioned term. The ironic part of this is based on the result of her relationship with the salesman when Mrs. Hopewell becomes a fool herself. The last character is Manly who does not actually have an opinion about "good country people", yet he uses them for personal benefits: at first, he poses himself as the kindest person with a disease, but then cheats on his partner and runs away. Talking about irony, Manly Pointer, who has been supposed to be a good country man, has become the biggest trickster in the end. Hence, a person who represents the mentioned above term in the best way is Hulga. In other words, she has become a victim of her naivety and kindness and really suits for "good country people".
Hulga and the Misfit are both knowledge characters because both of them have become pretty experienced in their lives so that they follow their own philosophy. The girl has a Ph.D. level in philosophy and does not believe in God. As a result, she grows up being a nihilist by following the Malebranche's studying. The Misfit also has his own rudimentary philosophy that he follows. Moreover, he is a pretty experienced person and has become the nihilist as well. This is the main feature, which determines the "knowledge" character in O'Connors world as such heroes have their own POV and appear to be mentally higher than the other ones. However, they have different inner issues, which help to replace faith in God, for instance, believing into nothing for Hulga and convincing skills for the Misfit. Talking about a close relation with God, Hulga becomes closer to Him in the end of the story because she is seriously worried about the fact that Manley committed a bad action. This way, she crushes her nihilist's beliefs and the belief in nothing as Hulga would never worry about what had happened if she be a real nihilist. As for the Misfit, he stays faithful to his philosophy considering the religion pointless.
First of all, the main topic of the story is loneliness, which permeates the whole narrative line. As a result, every location and every movement or articulation reflect this theme to help the reader feel such an atmosphere. Moreover, a game of moves presented in the story also has a symbolic sense. It is based on the homeowner's effort to find someone to talk and just not to be alone. As a result, the first articulation appears when the man asks the photographer to come for coffee just to see how he holds the cup with his hooks and it explains that the homeowner is bored and alone. From the photographer's side, the accepted invitation represents similarity between the two men as both do not have close people nearby and they want to find someone. Talking about the difference, a man who lives far away just comes to take some photos, which reflects his desire to get rid of loneliness, while such physical efforts of the homeowner show that he is not brave enough to change his state. However, the last scene on the roof proves that the homeowner wants to fight against the position of being alone and being abandoned by his family. The process of throwing rocks symbolizes his desire to solve the problem.
After reading this story, the reader realizes that the author has included one more story into it. Besides, it is a very interesting way to use the main hero who has no crucial role in the plot: the two persons who engage into the dialogue are a barber and Charles. As a result, the guy in the barber's chair leaves the city without his wife because of indecisiveness, but this mentioned short story within the main story has helped him to make a decision. There are two features in the plot, which have influenced POV of the narrator. The first one is Charles, a local guarder, whom the man knew and who was talking about hunting with the barber. After the narrator had heard his voice, he started to feel uncomfortable being nearby. This fact has a symbolic image of the city itself, which has disturbed the person. The second feature is based on the haircut the narrator got in the end as a new hairstyle is like a new life, which definitely appeals to him. As a result, these two situations have helped him to make a decision and left the city apparently without his wife because she is still the part of the tiresome city.
Unfortunately, Hulga has an artificial wooden leg, which does not allow her to live a usual life full of joy. The philosopher whom she studies is Malebranche and there is a pan on his name, which is a branch' that is a definitely wooden part of a tree. Besides, there is some reflection regarding Manly Pointer where manly (manly)' and male' have almost the same meaning. As a result, comparing these two parts of the name, the author ironically shows a connection between the two main heroes, including Hulga with the wooden leg and Manley Pointer. Furthermore, it has some sense that the author chooses this philosopher in particular because both characters tend to believe into nothing, which is a kind of philosophy that in the end becomes one of the reasons why Manley has been acting in such a way.
According to the Bible, the monkey can symbolize a devil that protects forbidden fruits. In response to the question why monkey had been chosen, it may be that the author tried to avoid a clich? with using a well-known snake. The next step is to detect the biggest antagonist of the story and it is the Misfit as he does not believe in God and finds no sense in religion. Consequently, the monkey is symbolically connected with the Misfit because both are evils presented in the story.
Undoubtedly, creating a symbolic story will have an influence on its title in order to be able to create a true masterpiece. As a result, Carver's story "Viewfinder" has at least two explanations of how the author feels about the title. The first one is based on the game of words like "view" and "finder". It suggests the realization of a current situation that has happened to the homeowner without being afraid of its complexity or hopelessness. However, it is impossible to look at it without considering it from outside. That is why the photographer uses his camera and its viewfinder to take a picture and let the homeowner stare at his situation. Another explanation of the title may refer to finding a way out of the situation and it fully reflects the last scene on the roof. As a result, after having a conversation with the man and looking at the photo, the homeowner decides to throw all the rocks out of his roof in order to avoid being alone. This action shows a symbolic way out of troubles happening after looking at the problem from a new perspective.
About the author: Kristy Dillon is a master in Literature at Maryland University. She is currently working as one of the best writers at She also studies male psychology.

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