Flannery O'Connor

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Flannery O’Connor When writing a piece of literature the content is often influenced from the background of the person who is writing. The author, whether consciously or subconsciously, adds in personal experiences or beliefs into their pieces. Flannery O’Connor is a good example of this trend. Her short stories illustrate the hardships, beliefs, and society at the time she lived and was writing. It is most blatantly demonstrated in her collection of short stories entitled, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories. Flannery O’Connor reflects her disease, in the mutilation of her characters, her religion, in the types of characters she chooses, and her being an outcast of society, in her characters’ traits, throughout the plots of…show more content…
Another aspect of her life infiltrated her stories as well. All her life, O’Connor was always an outcast. When she was young she lost her dad, making it just her mother and herself in the family. In her childhood she was a Catholic in the South which was mainly populated with Protestants. And later in life she was crimpled and on crutches way before the expected age to become dependent on others. All of these are not common occurrences, making her different from the rest of society. After she was on crutches, O’Connor once said, “"I write every day for at least two hours," she told in an interview, "and I spend the rest of my time largely in the society of ducks,” (Liukkonen). She never quite fit in with society. This is also the case with many of the characters in her story. Most noticeable this is the case with the Polish farmer found in her story, “The Displaced Person.” He was a foreigner who came over to America. He was feared by the other employees on the farm. It was such an extreme case that it caused complete turmoil on the farm. The Polish farmer ended up being killed by a tractor with several onlookers, none of whom spoke up to save him. This shows that society is unwilling to take in people who are different from them. O’Connor experienced this first-hand while growing up, most notably because she was Catholic and her world around her was not Catholic. Through this story, she demonstrated an exaggerated example of

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