Misled Faith

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Misled Faith

It is not hard to see how there is a connection between O'Connor's fictional characters and O'Connor herself. Wood has shown through her biography that O'Connor is a devout Christian but her racial attitudes root deep down, contradicting her image as revealed through her personal letters. Wood reveals that in O'Connor's letter, she was deeply out of sympathy for the Civil rights crusade and she uses the word “nigger”. Wood also shows that in O'Connor's lifetime, she never gave a public voice to her racial opinions: discloses that she must have doubt about them. The grandmother in A Good Man Is Hard to find and Mrs. Turpin in Revelation shares some common characteristics. Both of them are... View More »

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It matters to her what kind of clothes and shoes they had on, how their hair was combed, and the words they spoke. In her mind, she believes that she could figure out what kind of person they were by judging their outer appearance. Mrs. Turpin believes that doing good deeds made her the better person and would surely get her a first class ticket into heaven. She felt like these principles made her also a better Christian: "To help anybody out that needed it was her philosophy of life. She never spared herself when she found somebody in need, whether they were white or black, trash or decent" (321). True enough, it didn't matter to her how fat, unattractive, or poor she was, just as long as she was a good person. She fails to realize that just being a good person was truly of no significant value, what matters is how she really felt in her heart and how humble she was with all of her possession. Mrs. Turpin was mean and hateful in thoughts, and so all her goodness was in vain. When others of lower classes in life made in effort to be nice to her, she would reject their words and show acts of cold nature towards them, which is not Christian like at all.

O'Connor admits in her journal that the grandmother from A Good Man Is Hard To Find was a hypocrite and that “her wit was no match for the misfit’s (Wood, 4). However dim-witted the grandmother was, her “capacity for grace” was greater than the misfit. During the epic scene when the grandmother confronted The Misfit, “she realizes, even in her limited way, that she is responsible for the man before her.” Her moment of ...

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