Flannery O’Connor uses the literary device of the epiphany in many of her short stories. The epiphany, typically used at the conclusion of the short story, highlights the redemptive possibilities for characters that have become engulfed by the increasing secular world. That being said, the chance for redemption is not a smooth and carefree process. Several of O’Connor’s short stories contain a protagonist that experiences an epiphany that transforms them, only then to suffer from some act of violence that solidifies their move towards Christianity. In Good Country People and Revelation, the development of the protagonists and their eventual epiphanies reveal the fullest implications of the stories’ themes. The epiphany of Hulga Hopewell in …show more content…
This breakdown in secular knowledge is revealed through Hulga’s loss of her glasses and her artificial leg, the two symbols of her intellectual acumen. Although Hulga claims to “see through to nothing’” and has “taken off our blindfolds,” she only possesses a nonspiritual vision (O’Connor 287-288). When Pointer takes her glasses she does not notice, but when her artificial leg is seized she “felt entirely dependent on him” and “stopped thinking all together” (O’Connor 289). The glasses and the artificial leg are both things that Hulga takes pride in, but they also prove to be symbols of her vulnerability. Thus, now that Hulga no longer has the glasses to only see the secular world and the artificial leg to stand on her own, she is ready to experience her epiphany. O’Connor writes, “He jumped up so quickly that she barely saw him sweep the cards and the blue box into the Bible and throw the Bible into the valise. She saw him grab the leg and then she saw it for an instant slanted forlornly across the inside of the suitcase” (O’Connor 290). Without her glasses and artificial leg, Hulga can finally see. O’Connor displays the problems with a secular worldview in the epiphany of
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Short Story "Revelation" by Flannery O 'Connor 1. In my opinion, my attitude toward Mrs. Turpin change during the story. This is because at the beginning of the story, I thinks Mrs. Turpin believes that she is the best out of all of the people in the waiting room by judging them based on their appearances. However, the present of Mary Grace in the room actually like a test to see if Mrs. Turpin will learn about her mistake to think she is the best.
2). Part 1: The story starts of with main character Connor's side. He found out that his parents had him put on Unwound list. He went to talk to his girlfriend, Ariana. She suggested that he run away, so Conner asked her if she wants to come with him, and she said yes.
Human nature dictates that every action, no matter how selfless it appears, is inspired by a selfish reason. Flannery O'Connor shows this taken into consideration in her short story, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”. The protagonist, Mr. Shiftlet, wanders onto the farm of old and young Lucynell. Mr. Shiftlet marries her daughter young Lucynell and does a handful of work for her including fixing her car, which he sees as a way of achieving freedom. With her use of symbolism and characterization O'Connor reveals that people play games of deceit to win their own selfish ends (Walters 82).
Flannery O’Connor was known for writing characters who had dubious moral and intellectual capabilities, and she often liked to write on the theme of the tragic realities of everyday life. She often linked her writing to religion and how the world had become ignorant of values. In her short story, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, she tells the story of three odd and grotesque characters. The short story begins with a man, Mr. Tom Shiftlet, coming upon Lucynell Crater and her daughter, Lucynell. The man seems a bit odd and he only has one arm.
Joy’s mother, Mrs. Hopewell, states that it is hard to think of her daughter as an adult, and that Joy’s prosthetic leg has kept her from experiencing “any normal good times” that people her age have experienced (O’Connor 3). Despite the fact that Joy has no experience with people outside of her home, Joy has contempt and spite around her mother and acquaintances alike. In fact, when Joy changed her name to Hulga, she considered it “her highest creative act” and found a self-serving pleasure when the name brought dissatisfaction to her mother (O’Connor 3). When Joy expresses her disgust with her hometown, she also shares that she would much rather be “lecturing to people who knew what she was talking about” (O’Connor 4). Therefore, Joy suggests that the people and ideas that have surrounded her are inferior to her intelligence, and this
Unacknowledged Grace Flannery O’Connor, one of America’s greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century, paved an intriguing path for many writers and readers. The writing styles she utilizes have left her audiences puzzled and open-minded. O’Connor demonstrates the representation of archetypes and Christ figures over a span of corrupted and twisted stories throughout her dark literary styles while defining true glory in “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” and “Revelation”. In “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” Flannery O’Connor creates a deviant story of how an unknown man, Mr. Shiftlet, comes onto the Dearman 2 Mr.Shiftlet knows and understands all things, just as people view Jesus as an omniscient being.
Not ever negative situation leads to an unwelcome outcome. Flannery O’Connor introduces how conflict changes a character for the better in her short story “Revelation”. The main character, Mrs. Turpin, likes to categorize the people she meets base on their looks and possessions. She is suddenly attacked by a patient named Mary-Grace, who is then quickly sedated. However, before the medication takes effect Mary-Grace leaves Mrs. Turpin with an insult that leaves a lasting impression that causes the protagonist to think deeply about herself as a person.
That night Hulga “Imagined dialog for them…that reached below the depths that no Bible salesman would be aware of. ”(6) Hulga is intent of seducing and having her way with Manley Pointer whom she finds to be inferior to her. The next morning Hulga goes out to meet Manley Pointer at the gate, but he did not appear at first leading Hulga to make the assumption that she is being duped. As she began to feel furious about being tricked Manley rose up from behind a bush proving Hulga’s assumption wrong, but providing her at taste of the betrayal yet to
Hulga believes that her Ph.D in philosophy makes her more educated than “good country people.” Hulga makes it obvious that she would much rather be with people that understand her concept of nothing instead of simple and dull people. If it weren’t for Hulga’s condition, she would be away from the”red hills” (370) and “in a university lecturing to people who know what she is talking about” (370). This statement shows that Hulga feels stuck in the country and she feels surrounded by people that aren’t well educated to understand her. Hulga wants to surround herself with philosophy instead of people who she feels are not good enough for her.
“...The hunting accident...the leg had been literally blasted off” (O’Connor 484), this sentence mentioned by the author symbolizes Hulga’s personality, because when something very valuable is taken away from someone and they are aware of it, but are not able to react to it, it could change a person drastically. Hulga could have been a totally different women if she had her leg, that’s why the author decided to give her a wooden leg. In the story the author mentions how Hulga does not care about her appearance at all. When she goes on a date with Manley Pointer she wears a dirty white shirt, applies Vapex as perfume, and never smiles. “...
He causes Hulga to have an epiphanal moment about her beliefs when he removes her eyeglasses, steals her leg, and breaks her heart. When the two enter the barn, they begin a process of ritualistic cleansing. He first takes off her eyeglasses when they “got in his way” of his barrage of kisses (CS 295). Flannery symbolizes this theft as an ironic changing of view for Hulga: she loses her logical eyeglasses to gain a more emotional way of seeing. This change goes unnoticed by Hulga as she “seldom paid any close attention to her surroundings” (296), causing her to be dependent on Manly for sight.
Of course this makes Hulga’s mom, Mrs. Hopewell, feel sorry for him. Just like the reader she has no idea what is actually coming. Next he wiggles his way in to an invite to dinner from the mother where he sees his chance to attack his second victim. At dinner the act is still on and is getting even better. He creates a character for himself.
An epiphany is something that one finally comes to terms with and understands the meaning of a certain aspect in their life. Many come into contact with this term every day, sometimes more than once. When someone has an epiphany, they are all in a moment of shock, whether it be positive or negative. In one story, “Cathedral”, is about a man whose wife worked with a blind man before they married. The wife invited the blind man to stay at the couple’s home due to his wife passing.
In the works of Literature an epiphany is “a moment of profound insight or revelation by which a character’s life is greatly altered” (24). In the short story “Cathedral” Raymond Carver uses epiphany to draw on the theme, blinded views can alter someone’s behavior. On the realistic level, epiphany advances the plot and character development because they are the basis for the story’s central action. They also help define the narrator and play a vital part in revealing the story’s theme. The following changes in the character’s views have shown an evident development.