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Claire Gardner AP Lit Mrs. Miller 2/3/17 Greenleafs was my Heart of Gold Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Greenleaf”, symbolism and irony are used to support the themes of grace and gratitude. O’Connor parallels two families, the Mays and the Greenleafs, and shows how the two interact and respond to the grace of God. Religious symbolism is evident throughout “Greenleaf”, especially through the use of a Christ figure. One of the antagonists in the story, the escaped bull, described as a “patient god” and who wears a “hedge wreath” crown (17), represents Jesus Christ and His attempts to reach the main character, Mrs. May. Mrs. May lacks reverence for anyone or anything but herself. She believes that she, alone, is responsible for the success of her small farm when, in actuality, the credit belongs to her farmhand, Mr. Greenleaf. Greenleaf often ignores Mrs. May’s commands for the good of her farm yet feigns ignorance to protect May’s pride. During the story, May
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