Essay on Flannery O ' Connor 's Irony

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Fang Tang
Flannery O’Connor’s irony (Mary) Flannery O’Connor is famous for her short stories. Her writing style coming from the grotesque, She believed that “should face all the truth down to the worst of it” (O’Connor, 1953). From her unique literary technique, such as irony, foreshadowing, she creates her great literary works. She likes using cold humor in the characters. One of her most famous stories are “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (1953), and the short story “The life you save may be your own” (1955). In her stories, she shows the misfits from the case of violence. Some people believe O’Connor is a Christian writer, who believe she or he has a freedom to choose right or wrong, and this shows in her stories. Therefore, in her literary works, she emphasizes the essential of the freedom belief, and reveals the multifarious human nature. Using irony and foreshadowing, Flannery O’Connor expressed the complexity of human nature, thus making the reader understand the cold humor in characters and that the human soul can be touched by beauty and craziness. In the two short stories, “A good man is hard to find” and “The life you save may be your own”, O’Connor mentions grotesque and function of violence in the characters to express the complexity of human nature in her stories. “anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic”…

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