Throughout Southern literature, the authors of Southern text use religion to convey emotion through grotesque-life changing events and concepts. An article titled “Flannery O’Connor’s Rage of Vision”, by Claire Katz discusses how O’Connor’s literature feature religion and Christianity to throughout the literature. The author states, “Since O’Connor had identified her theme as Christian, it is no surprise to find critics discussing this prototypical pattern in religious terms; the protagonist is humiliated in order to recognize his state of sin, and is thus open to grace and redemption.”(55) Therefore, this essay will examine and explain the abstract Christian components illustrated among multiple texts written by Flannery O’Connor and provide textual evidence to support the abstract findings from within the texts.
The first point requiring examination is sin and how the text exhibits the concept of sin and how it effects the literature. The second point the essay will examine is the violence O’Connor uses to expose the main character’s sin in the literature and to change the character’s morals and personality through sadism. Lastly, the essay will examine salvation itself. In addition, how it is present throughout O’Connor’s literature. In “Good Country People” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor continues to mention sin among the characters as she graphically mentions the grotesque, gruesome, and wicked nature of the characters in her literature. O’Connor