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ENGL 1050H Thomas Ward Flannery O'Connor Paper 02/08/09 Horrible Human Hog: An Analysis of Mrs. Turpin Flannery O'Connor repeatedly uses hogs throughout her story “Revelation,” especially in describing Mrs. Turpin. Physically speaking, she is rotund and from a farm. However, the dirtiness of hogs extends to her spirit and daily actions. While waiting in the doctor's office, she condescendingly critiques every person in the room. Throughout this whole episode, she finds herself to be holy and pure, when in fact, she is no better than a hog. When Mrs. Turpin states that “our hogs are not dirty and they don't stink,” she does not realize that a hog is a hog, regardless of its exterior. She may have a good disposition and be a “good person” by attending church and giving to the poor, but these qualities do not override her daily actions. Mary Grace, through the throwing of the book, the choking, and the whispering of “Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog,” starts Mrs. Turpin on the path
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