The Life You Save May Be Your Own By Flannery O Connor Analysis

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"Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not," said Flannery O 'Conner, who is the author of " The Life You Save May be Your Own" (BrainyQuote). Flannery O 'Connor was a Roman Catholic and she often reflect her faith in her writings. She is one of the most famous American Literature writer who writes in the style of Southern Gothic (Holt 940). And this short stories of hers has gothic humor in it because it contains both horror and romance. In "The Life You Save May be Your Own", O 'Connor used symbolism and imagery to bring out her theme, which is moral corruption and the search of the meaning of life. Symbolism is used throughout the story to help O 'Connor clarify her meaning of a few plots and intents. The young Lucynell symbolizes true innocence. Not only because she is deaf and muted, but also she lacks attention to her surroundings. "The daughter could not see far in front of her and continued to play with her fingers" (Holt 940) this sentence describes Lucynell as a child-like person who does not really care about things around her. Moreover, Lucynell has an appearance of purity, "She had long pink-gold hair and eyes blue as a peacock 's neck"(Holt 941), her pinkish gold hair makes her stand out from other people, shining like an little angel. Furthermore, the color of her eyes, blue as a neck of peacock, is another example of symbolism. Peacock is a symbol of immortality in Christianity, because it sheds its old feathers and grow newer,

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