Date of publication: 2017-08-28 23:01
Browning, Preston M., Jr. "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." In Flannery O'Connor, pp. 95-76. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 6979.
Describing something as objectionable because it fills the mind with evil images, which is what the OP was doing, is not 8766 bourgeois 8767 . On the contrary, if done without good reason, it 8767 s a simple statement of fact. Maybe it would be 8766 bourgeois 8767 to pretend these things don 8767 t exist, but the OP wasn 8767 t doing that.
Some people don 8767 t see the hope. But 8775 he who has ears 8776 does hear. Different messages resonate with different people. So many people have found deep Christian meaning in her stories. Perhaps you could have the humility to allow that it might be there, even if you don 8767 t see it.
Third, human 8767 s don 8767 t start with evil and reason their way to what is good. We start with what is GOOD and reason our way to what is bad. We know that for example wholesome food and clean water are GOOD. That 8767 s how we know that some food is 8766 spoiled 8767 (it 8767 s no longer GOOD) and some water is tainted (no longer pure). We start out with GOODNESS and we know that 8766 evil 8767 is tainted goodness. This is NORMAL for every single human being. NOBODY starts out needing 8766 an accurate portrayal 8767 of evil in order to know evil. They need an accurate portrayal of GOODNESS (Christ incarnate, in case you 8767 re wondering) in order to recognize evil.
The idea of "the South" and of "southern writing" also helps to situate O'Connor's [ A Good Man Is Hard to Find ], for during the fifties specific political and cultural meanings were attributed to the southern experience. When Walker Percy won the National Book Award in 6966 for The Moviegoer, he was asked why the South was.
Here's a riddle for you: what does spiritual purity have to do with pigs? If you can't think of the answer, perhaps you should read And the Smug Shall Come Last , Stephen Sparrow's look at pride in the story Revelation .
It occurred to me that Burnans overlooked another interesting point. O 8767 Connor was not a novelist. She wrote short stories. I 8767 m not a huge fan of the short story, but it 8767 s different than novels. The drama in a short story must be condensed. This, I would think, must at least partially influence the intensity of O 8767 Connor 8767 s imagery.
An even more germane example is 8775 The Passion of the Christ: 8776 Mel Gibson 8767 s decision to use the imagery recounted in the private revelations of the Delorous Passion imagery that is NOT in the Gospels sought to reveal Christ 8767 s immense physical and spiritual sacrifice for our salvation.
Hulga's wooden leg gives her a sense of freedom. She does not have to conform to societal expectations to be pretty, charming and attract a man to marry her. Hulga, because of her wooden leg,.
Take a look at " Wisdom: Simple or Idiotic " and delve into the literal and figural importance of sight in Wise Blood . See how O'Connor weaves religious vision and free will into a story about a man wearing a blue suit and a black, broad-brimmed hat.
Could it be because evil is, really and truly, NOT attractive? You are not bourgeois (that 8767 s communist-speak, by the way) you are attracted to what is good and true and beautiful.
The Criticism of Flannery O'Connor's work has failed to throw any considerable light on one of her most popular stories, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." To a large extent critics of Miss O'Connor have been preoccupied with the religious meaning of her symbols and the relation of her stories to Catholic doctrine. To a degree such a preoccupation is obviously valid Miss O'Connor's own comments in "The Fiction Writer and His Country" to the effect that.