Flannery O'connor

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In the mid 1900’s, America experienced many changes, from society and politics to religion and literature. Countries were facing the aftermath of World War II, and authors of the time reflected on how the world was dealing with the changes. Flannery O’Connor, a prominent Catholic writer from the South, was one of the many who examined society and shared their philosophies. O’Connor shocked her twentieth century readers with the haunting style and piercing questions in her short stories and novels, which were centered on a combination of her life experiences, her deep Catholic faith, and the literature of the time.
Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925 into one of the oldest and most prominent Catholic families in
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For example, O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” demonstrates this transformation of grace through the character of the grandmother. A typical family vacation turns for the worse and leads to the brutal murders of the family members by the Misfit, an escaped convict. Even as the Grandmother hears the shots, she pleads only for her own life with no concern for the others. In her last moments, though, she is consumed with the redemption of grace in extremity and reaches out to the Misfit, recognizing him as one of her children. This act of love also disturbs the Misfit, who no longer recognizes murder as pleasure after seeing the grandmother lying peacefully, but now exemplifies the emptiness found in rejecting grace (“Is Flannery O’Connor a Catholic Writer?”). The common themes in O’Connor’s work highlight the sinful and prideful human condition and the desperate need of salvation. In addition to her Catholic lifestyle, the contemporary style of writing affected O’Connor’s short stories and novels. The contemporary movement took place in the mid 1900’s, progressing into American literature after World War II. Contemporary literature is an extension of postmodern literature, for both styles deal with important issues and events of the modern-day time period. Common themes include irony, vanity, pride, mutual deception, intruders, and feelings of dissolved isolationism. Flannery

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