Moral Lesson In Flanner

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The human race is constantly evolving. Yet, we struggle to learn what the true meaning of good and evil is. These two simple words should be easy enough to define, yet they have the most ambiguous meanings. No one can truly say what is good or evil, but Flannery O’Connor, a writer that lived from 1925 to 1964, provides an accidental moral lesson through her stories that may be able to explain why human fail truly define these words. Though the writer Flannery O’Connor did not set out to teach moral lessons concerning these two ideas, in fact, she even wrote in 1960 “that she did not want to be labeled a Catholic writer ‘as it is then assumed [one] has a religious ax to grind.” Elementarily this can be interpreted as she did not want the meaning of her stories to be lost under the conception that they are meant to push a religious or moral lesson. Yet, through her signature “moments of grace”, which she defines as when a disbelieving character causes a crisis and thus obtains a revelation, a moral lesson is revealed to the reader. Essentially, in…show more content…
You’re one of my own children.” Now, this is the most controversial moment of grace discussed in this essay. Elementarily, Grandma seems like a good, religious, southern lady, while the Misfit is a questioning killer. Yet, the convergence and thus theme’s presentation in this story is very complex. At first, this seems to be nothing more than a classic good versus evil conflict. Which would incidentally explain O’Connor’s view on the question of what is good and evil. There is more to it than that, however, this convergence is not just that of two controversial beliefs, but once again has the collision of separate
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