Themes in Flannery O'Connor

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Themes in Flannery O’Connor’s Stories by Laurette Hammill (Student, Spring 2007, English 101) Her themes have been identified by Stanley Edgar Hyman as the "profound equation of the mysteries of sex and religion, . .. change of identity, transformation, death-and-rebirth, . ..” She was a theological writer. Ted R. Spivey explained, O'Connor dealt with violent and grotesque people because "man has in his soul a powerful destructive element, which often makes him behave in a violent and grotesque manner Her writing is about the struggle with the Devil. “Numerous critics see this preoccupation with the demonic as a central characteristic of O'Connor's work” Her stories are not all terror and violence, however. There is also humor here; James Degnan believed that O'Connor's was "a vision that clearly sees the tragedy of a world in which people are hopelessly alienated from each other, but a vision which stresses the comedy of such a world."
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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 O’Connor, Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2004 Flannery O’Connor, Contemporary Literary Criticism...
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