Essay on Mary Flannery O'Connor
During her life O'Connor was almost universally admired, but not fully understood author. She was an author who filled her stories with characters who are all deformed in some way. Some have labeled her an atheist because of her views on religion and for using grotesque examples. (O'Connor 3) It is true that she frequently criticized the materialism and spiritual apathy of contemporary society and it's need for religious faith and redemption (O'Connor 2). In response to these accusations O'Connor simply said "To the hard of hearing you shout and to the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." (O'Connor 2)
O'Connor was noted for her strangely touching stories about the life in the South. O'Connor had a fine ear for Georgia dialect and a merciless eye for the flamboyant aspects of modern life. In her work demented comedy and grotesque violence often mask a deeper seriousness of purpose and an abiding religious faith. O'Connor's writing's made people open their eyes to our way of life and beliefs. They may not have changed their ways but at least they thought about it.