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An Essay About Flannery O'connor's Short Story Titled, Revelation. The Question: To What Extent Does Mary Grace Initiate Mrs. Turpin Into A New Way Of Thinking? Critical Analysis. (500 Words)

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FOR A LOVE OF THYSELFIn "Revelation," Flannery O'Connor describes a controlling, self-righteous, hypercritical woman named Mrs. Ruby Turpin. Her heart rejoices with gratitude to Jesus for making her the way she is. She is proud of herself and thankful for a perfect life and all that she has. She believes she is a respectable, hard-working, church-going woman who lives a righteous life. She categorizes others, who do not live according to her standards, as low class trash. For example, she occupies her mind at night comparing herself to the different classes of people. At one point, she even toils with the different classes in her head. She dream they all were put together in a boxcar and put in a gas oven to be destroyed. However, she is thankful to God for making her the way she is. But the revelation of her double standard, two-edge sword attitude comes when she meets Mary Grace in the doctor's office. While waiting for the doctor, Mary Grace reads a book titled, Human Development. Mrs. Turpin observes and critically judge everyone in the waiting room, as Mary Grace observes her. Tuned into Mrs. Turpin's every word, Mary Grace becomes increasingly angry with her. She cannot restrain herself and throws the book she reads at Mrs. Turpin. Mary Grace's action leads Mrs. Turpin into a zone where she meets herself. After the vision God reveals to her, disappointment and confusion consume her perfect mind. She still does not see a need to change.The story begins with Mrs. Turpin entering a doctor's waiting room with her husband, Claud, who has been kicked by a cow. As she and Claud wait, she takes a hard look at the other people in the room. As she views the waiting patients, she categorizes each one. She notes a woman she labels white-trash, a young red haired woman who she believes is not white-trash but just common, a well-dressed pleasant looking lady, and the lady's daughter, Mary Grace. She labels Mary Grace an ill-mannered ugly girl in Girl Scout shoes who is wearing heavy socks. She also notices Mary Grace is reading a book titled Human Development. Listening to the Gospel song playing on the radio in the background, Mrs. Turpin's heart rise with excitement, "Jesus had not made her a nigger or white-trash or ugly!" She repeatedly thanked Jesus.Mrs. Turpin fails to realize her good deeds are not out of a good heart. She does good deeds only feel good about herself. She demonstrates to Mary Grace a cold, uncompassionate, self-centered, and a self-gratifying heart. She certainly does not understand the meaning of Christianity. She often makes negative comments about the lower class people she supposedly desire help. The conversation in the waiting room with the pleasant lady reveals her uncompassionate heart. Mrs. Turpin explains to her how she waves to the niggers as Claud drives them off to the field. The pleasant lady replies, showing she understood perfectly, "Like you read out of the same book." Then Mrs. Turpin replies, "Child, yes."A few...

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