A Critical Analysis of "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor

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- Well written-Good points A Critical Analysis of "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor's background influenced her to write the short story "Revelation." One important influence on the story is her Southern upbringing. During her lifetime, Southerners were very prejudiced towards people of other races and lifestyles. They believed that people who were less fortunate were inferior to them; therefore, people were labeled as different things and placed into different social classes. The South provided O'Connor with the images she needed for her characters. Similarly, this can easily be identified in her short story "Revelation." The characters in the story are identified by physical characteristics and some are even…show more content…
Turpin all her life. Another element of plot which reinforces the theme of "Revelation", is the element of surprise which actually brings the main conflict out in the open. O'Connor brings the conflict out well because the incidents that built up to the actual conflict do not give away what is going to happen. The action around the conflict is completely surprising and unpredictable. We are aware the girl dislikes Mrs. Turpin because of her previous actions. The girl never does anything other than give dirty looks; therefore, we are not expecting any type of physical violence between them. When the girl hits Mrs. Turpin in the face with the book, Mrs. Turpin is conversing with another character and is not talking to the girl. In this situation, a violent act by the girl is completely unpredictable. Also, O'Connor uses an unhappy ending for this story. Mrs. Turpin, who is happy being who she is, does not understand why the girl hated her. She does not think she is a bad person, and she cannot comprehend why she is not liked. O'Connor ends the story with Mrs. Turpin's questions unanswered which leaves her with a sadness that is unsolvable. Through the use of social conflict, the element of surprise, and an unhappy ending, a believable plot is created. To further develop the theme, O'Connor uses consistent behavior, clear motivation, and plausibility to create convincing characterization. The protagonist,
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