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Poems Of Flannery O'connor Essay

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Intro to Literature March 17, 2001 Is a Good Revelation Hard to Find? Flannery O'Connor's views on society and life are forever imprinted through her work; she paints a vivid picture of ignorant southern middle class families. In "A Good Man is Hard to Find", O'Connor presents the reader with a southern family going on a road trip with their self-centered grandmother. Complications arise when the family has a deadly encounter with an escaped killer. Similar characteristics can be seen in another one of O'Connor's short stories called "Revelation". Set mainly in a doctors waiting room, the main character, Mrs. Turpin, is an over weight self-involved middle class southern woman, who has to come to grips with her own status with God. Both characters have similar qualities but are completely unique in there own way.First of all , the grandmother and Mrs. Turpin are both extremely self involved people, but in different ways. An example of this can easily been seen in the grandmothers unwillingness to go to Florida. "She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey's mind" (381). She is not at all concerned with what the family wants or what they have planned. All she wants is to get her own way. She is constantly dropping little remarks about how lovely Tennessee is and how the children should respect there native land. The grandmother goes to great lengths to get her way, even using her own grandchildren against there father by fabricating a story about a secret panel that had silver hidden in it. The craftiness of her lie leads the family to there own doom, but yet the grandmother still is only concerned with herself. She is a prime example of egoistic mind.Mrs. Turpin on the other hand uses sutler techniques to expose her self-centeredness. While sitting in the waiting room, Mrs. Turpin starts to categorize everyone by social classes. "On the Bottom of the heap were most colored people, not the kind she would have been if she had been one, but most of them; then next to them - not above, just away from - were the white-trash; then above them were the homeowners, and above them the home-and-land owners, to which she and Clad belonged." (409). She believes herself to be a good woman with a great heart and everyone else is just trash. This high concept of herself can be seen through out the story. While bringing water to her black workers, she tries to convince herself that she is a good woman by convincing them of her goodness and kind heart. But of course it would not matter what they said, because Mrs. Turpin already feels that black people are inferior to her. "Idiots! Mrs. Turpin growled to herself. You could never say anything intelligent to a nigger." (419). Mrs. Turpin refuses to listen to anyone because she is already set on her own ideas. She is self-centered.Second of all, both the grandmother and Mrs. Turpin have no real honor. Even while her own son and grandchildren are...

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