Analysis Of Parker's Back By Flannery O Connor

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Poverty is the extent to which an individual does without resources. These resources can be financial, emotional, mental, relational, knowledge of hidden rules, and spiritual. In order to for a person to leave poverty, it is necessary that the individual can be confronted and concern with his current state of life. Flannery O Connor gives us a good example of how poverty (or lack of resources) affects the humans’ decisions. In her story Parker´s Back, Flannery O Connor uses the theme of “poverty” by the description and mannerism of her characters, but also by using a casual-register story structure. O´ Connor wants to point us how the lack of resources affected the life O. E. Parker to erroneously try to find identity, satisfaction, and salvation …show more content…

According to the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology “the presence of a tattoo, or tattoos, can serve to indicate the presence of a personality disorder.” The same research indicates that subjects who work in the navy and had multiple tattoos had greater personal maladjustment. This explains why Parkers decisions and the search of satisfaction and identity in the tattoos lead him to join the navy, where he loses his innocence, and ability to wonder. The word dissatisfaction is mention repeatedly through the narration of the story and it is mostly related to his frustration to reach his ideal. His drive for tattoos and dissatisfaction lead him to choose wrongly. When Parker met his future wife, his dissatisfaction was becoming chronic due to the lack of space on the front of his …show more content…

However, this new condition is difficult to assimilate and lead him to get drunk, fight with the men who ridicule his new tattoo, and he is expulsed from the pool hall. The lack of friend recognition will lead him to return home to Sarah Ruth. As Parker drives, "he observed that his dissatisfaction was gone, but he felt not quite like himself. It was as if he were himself but a stranger to himself." This sense of freedom encourages him more to see Sarah Ruth. The changes of Parker affected the way he responded to Sarah Ruth. His persistence of responding, "It's me, old O. E.," does not satisfy Sarah Ruth. After three intents, Parker whispers his name through the keyhole, "and all at once he felt the light pouring through him, turning his spider web soul into a perfect arabesque of colors, a garden of trees and birds and

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