The Theme Of Violence In Flannery O Connor's Short Stories

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Nihilist, violence and more. These are just a hand few of the topics that the western gothic author Flannery O’Connor discusses in both her novels and short stories. From people stealing legs to the murder of a family O’ Connor’s writing come to show you the true wickedness that come from people even if they state to believe in nothing or in the Christian faith. Her stories are filled with allusions to mostly explain the idea of redemption and what it means to be redeemed. It’s not only allusion though, most of her description of people and their personalities are both expressed with animal imagery. These topics and ideas are all there to maintain her religious theme throughout all of her stories. If we’re going to talk about nihilist let’s …show more content…
Yet, throughout the story he is seen to use people and objects as tools of motivation. One example being the blind man Asa Hawks but will talk about him later and Haze’s car. Haze yet for being a nihilist believing in people and objects as motivation. Next in line of nihilist we have Manly Pointer from the short story “Good Country People”. Starting off with his name Manley Pointer name describes the type of person he is. He can point out the weaknesses of people and abuse it for his own self-satisfaction. This is shown when it is seen he is fine lying to get closer to the character of Joy/Hulga a girl with both a wooden leg and a heart problem. Not to mention she herself is an atheist yet having multiple degrees in philosophy. For someone that doesn’t believe in anything she sure does like learning about what others choose to follow. Her name also signifying that she lacks joy and has changed her name to Hulga, an uglier name to match her grief personality. Moving on Pointer is able to suave Hulga into tricking her to give him both her wooden leg and glasses. She is then left on a roof with no way to leave. Pointer …show more content…
Such as in the short story “It’s hard to Find a Goodman” we follow a grandma and her family as to go to a trip to their death. They bump into the killer of the story the Misfit. The misfit is a believer and he bring up the idea the punishment should fit the crime and how he was treated unfairly for his crimes and now he is a criminal on the run. Bumping into the family that recognized who he was he wanted to take no chance of being caught and to stop the family from reporting the police he had to murder the family. This is done via pistol. Now what is interesting is that everyone except the grandma is taken to the forest and then shot. We the reader do not see the death of the family but is inferred by the gun shots. Having these death “off screen” makes the situation much scarier and tense. The reasoning for using the pistol as the weapon was due to it making such a loud and impactful noise and in a realistic sense it would be a quick and easy way to exterminate the family. Now when the grandma dies the misfit explains, “She would have been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” Now he says this because right before the grandma was about to die she prayed. O’ Connor wanted to get the idea through that if one is a Christian they are less likely to sin because as the misfit says they would have to be punished for it, which would lead to them being a “Good” person; A

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