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Unformatted text preview: O'Connor is considered one of the foremost short story writers in American literature. She was among post-World War II authors a Roman Catholic from the South whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Aware that not all readers shared her faith, O'Connor chose to depict salvation through shocking, often violent action upon characters that are spiritually or physically grotesque. A recurrent motif in O'Connor's thirty-one short stories is that of divine grace descending in an often violent manner upon a spiritually deficient main character. She often depicts a rural domestic situation suddenly invaded by a criminal or perverse outsider a distorted Christ figure who redeems a protagonist afflicted with pride, intellectualism, or materialism Works Cited (Mary) Flannery OConnor, Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2004 Flannery OConnor, Contemporary Literary Criticism...
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- Spring '08