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Flannery O’connor, The South And Religion

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Southern Gothic is a form of literature with a style specific to itself. There are many unique elements that’s are characterized only to southern gothic literature. The Southern Gothic style uses traits such as grotesquery and ironic events to judge the morals of the American South. Unlike its similar and older genre, Gothic tools are used not only for the sense of anticipation, but also to discover social issues and show the cultural aspect of the American South. One thing that holds dear to the south is religion. Many southerners claim Christianity, which to them makes their morals right.
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” It is an appalling story about a family outing gone amiss the pompous grandmother caused the families car to be wrecked and them to be stranded due to her ignorance. The author creates an improbable criminal who is embodied by the Misfit, who gives spiritual and noble advice, which contradicts to the fact that he is a killer. The Misfit shows a form of intelligence and a sense of awareness: "Nome, I ain't a good man," The Misfit said while conversing with the grandmother before her death, "but I ain't the worst in the world neither,” unlike the grandmother who considers herself as superior, even though her moral code breaks when the Misfits confronts her. There where “drastic characteristics that were implemented in the grandmother, the mother of Bailey.”(DeAngelis)
“The stories are hard but they are hard because there is nothing harder or less sentimental than Christian realism. I believe that there are many rough beasts now slouching toward Bethlehem to be born and that I have reported the progress of a few of them, and when I see these stories described as horror stories I am always amused because the reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.”( http://www.brainpickings.org)

Through her stories it seems as if O’Connor believed that human sin and flaws lied in ones arrogance and narcissism. O’Connor’s religious position becomes extremely significant and apparent in the second half of the narration, after the family members undergo a car accident and come in contact with the Misfit and his accomplices. He symbolized a Christian’s belief that every human being will inescapably be confronted with death by God himself. The Misfit supports this point by comparing himself to Jesus Christ. The Misfit points out something by saying “She would have been a good woman . . . if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” Which for Christians such as O’Connor, just points out the fact that many people often live their lives very carelessly until they are confronted with death itself.
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