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Revelation Flannery O’connor Essay

832 words - 4 pages

Erika Moore
O’Connor Essay
May 15, 2014

In the short story “Revelation”, Flannery O’Connor shows that self-discovery can be a painful but ultimately rewarding process to go through. The story is written in third-person and feels like it has no rising action and then out of the blue a climax comes. The characters in this story are not very likable, especially the protagonist Mrs. Turpin. She is an egotistical, self-praising woman whom O’Connor describes as a big. Her image of herself is of a person who is blessed by God above all others. She uses the pastime of “naming classes” to reassure herself of her place in the world and that none is above her in God’s eyes. 

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She also considers herself superior to black people. Just because of the fact that she is white, she is better than any black person, regardless of how much property they own.

During this conversation with the pleasant-looking woman, her daughter, Mary Grace, whom O’Connor describes as “a fat girl of eighteen or nineteen” (Paragraph 15 Line 11) and also states that her “face was blue with acne” (Paragraph 15 Line 15) is reading a thick, hard book called Human Development (you will see the irony in this later). Mary Grace, whose name can be seen as a symbol of her important role in the story: the saving grace of Mrs Turpin, has been listening to the entire conversation and is getting fed up with Mrs Turpin sense of self-satisfaction. She begins to make different faces at her, and eventually physically attacks her. Mary Grace throws a book directly at Mrs Turpin, hitting her in the eye, and proceeds to lunge toward her, sinking her fingers into her neck and choking her. The doctors subdue Mary Grace, but Mrs. Turpin feels like the girl has a message for her, so she demands of the girl “What you got to say to me?” (Paragraph 110 Line 8) to which Mary Grace replies in a whisper “Go back to hell where you came from, you old warthog”...

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