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Flannery O'connor Essay

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“When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business.” (O’Connor). This statement is encouraging to all believers in God, knowing that it is coming from a fellow Catholic like Flannery O’Connor. O’Connor is associated with the Christian Realism movement, which is a logical view developed by a theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, who argued that the Kingdom of God cannot be realized on earth because of the naturally corrupt trends of society (“Flannery O’Connor”). This movement began in the late 1940’s and along with it came a belief that presents a depiction from Christ. ...view middle of the document...

Religion was an important trend around O’Connor’s time. If people were not believers, then they were shunned depending on where they were [North or South] (Liukkonen).
Bloom’s Literary Themes: Sin and Redemption: The Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor by Patricia D. Maida in Studies in Short Fiction. The author of this criticism is explaining that all of O’Connor’s works symbolize redemption (Bloom 160). O’Connor grew up as a catholic and expresses Christian values in all of her works, even though some stories do not directly speak about religion. The author of this criticism is saying that her theme of redemption is stimulating the process by reinforcing the “moment of truth” with imagery (Bloom 159). I agree with this criticism because O’Connor represents redemption through her characters in her stories, whether it’s describing them directly and indirectly. “In discussing her perspective on life, O’Connor acknowledges a commitment to make her values appear in her work: ‘I see from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy. This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our redemption by Christ and that what I see in the world I see in relation to that.’” (O’Connor). It helps prove that O’Connor’s works are concerned with religious values. “‘The momentum of Flannery O'Connor's fiction is basically hopeful in assessing man’s limitations amid the constant possibility of redemption.” (Bloom 157). This continues to describe how O’Connor uses imagery to expand the spiritual experience of the characters as their sins are redeemed. It helps prove that O’Connor’s theme for her works is redemption. “The focus on vision is reinforced by the impression of a stranger who meets Haze Motes: ‘His eyes were the color of pecan shells and set in deep sockets…..Their settings were so deep that they seemed…almost like passages leading somewhere ..’” It’s important because she is letting the reader know that the character has a secret hidden deep down and that “the depth of his personality remains blocked within the shell that he has maintained.” (Bloom 157). This shows that this character has a hidden secret [Haze] that will encourage him to see redemption as the story goes on.
O’Connor’s’ works resonate with me the most, specifically her view of human nature and the world. There is something in those stories of hers that I felt captured by a certain part of the character that I was interested in learning about. They were an immense revelation. One of her...

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