In "Good Country People," Flannery O'Connor reveals how spiritual corruption can get the best of someone. This classic tale shows how people deal with evil. While everyone is different, most are blinded by their own corruption.
It's incredible to see how someone can get so wrapped up in their own pride and corruption that they can't recognize someone else who is even more corrupted than them. The main character Pointer represents evil in this story. However, I prefer to call it corruption rather than evil because it sounds like a sin or sickness as opposed to a supernatural force.
Pointer ticks off all the things that make the perfect "Christian." But underneath his facade is lies, deceit, and distrust. Pointer uses his image to get whatever he wants. He puts on a good front so he can steal Hulga's prosthetic leg.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Hopewell pretends her corruption doesn't exist. She refuses to see it in the people she feels are good Christians. Since Mrs. Hopewell's Bible is "in the attic somewhere," she doesn't understand the concept of holiness (Good Country People 1995). When she encounters corruption, she doesn't recognize it. Instead, she would rather rely on her senses to determine who's good. Because of this, she overlooks Pointer's corrupted ways.
Hulga has a different perspective on corruption. She's an atheist and nihilist who believes, "We are all damned...some of us have taken off our blindfolds and see that there's nothing to see" (2001). She doesn't believe that good or evil exists. When she trusts Pointer, she starts to realize that there is some good in him. However, when she sees him for what he really is, she overlooks his corrupted ways.
O'Conner, Flannery. "Good Country People" Norton Anthology of American Literature. 8th ed. Ed. Nina Baym, et al. New York: Norton and Company, 2006. 1995-2001. Print.