Prejudice And Discrimination In The Flannery O Connor

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The Flannery O 'Connor short story, "Revelation" expresses the theme of prejudice and racism amongst social classes of the South. Mrs. Turpin, the protagonist of the short story, comes to realize her faithful Christian out look on socioeconomic status is inconsistent with the world out look. This ideology occurred after a considered "revelation" from a visit to the doctor 's office, where Mrs. Turpin came into controversial conversation with individuals of various social classes. O 'Connor highlights the worldy opinions of Mrs. Turpin by indicating her credibility, appropriate reasoning, and faithful qualities that provoke sympathy from the audience.
O 'Connor exhibits credibility through out her writing by deriving Mrs. Turpin 's opinion
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Turpin in correspondences to the circumstances in the 1960 's. Mrs. Turpin provides a brief description of the social classes, including the one she belongs to, while displaying a form of prejudice. Describing her one of her nightly routines she states, "On the bottom of the heap were most colored people, not the kind she would have been if she had been one, but most of them; then the next of them – not above just away from, were the white trash; then above them were the home owners, and above them were the home-and-land owners, to which she and Claud belonged. Above she and Claud were the people with a lot of money and much bigger houses and much more land" (O 'Connor). Her discrepancy of the social classes gives adequate reasoning for the commentary from the varying individuals of different statuses in the doctor 's waiting room. For instance Mrs. Turpin describes the life style of the "trashy" woman and her son, "Look I can 't get nothing down them two but Co 'Cola and candy." That’s all you try to get down em, Mrs. Turpin said to herself. Too lazy to light the fire. There was nothing you could tell her about people like them that she didn 't know already. And it was not just that they didn 't have anything. Because if you gave them everything, in two weeks it would all be broken or filthy or they would have chopped it up for lightwood. She knew all this from experience. Help …show more content…
Turpin projects a form of hypocrisy by addressing that she is a part of one of the different classes of the south, her faithful Christian morals that are reflected in the way she treats people in classes considered below hers provokes a sympathetic out look on her character as the short story progresses. Thusly, O 'Connor uses pathos by exposing Mrs. Turpin 's true colors in efforts to highlight the good and bad characteristics of the society in that particular era. For example, Mrs. Turpin shows degradation towards African Americans, "This is wonderful weather isn 't it?" The girl 's mother said. "It 's good weather for cotton if you can get the niggers to pick it," Mrs. Turpin said, "but the niggers don’t want to pick cotton anymore. You can 't get the white folks to pick it and now you can 't get the niggers – because they got to be right up there with the white folks" (O 'Connor). Although this form of racism is reflected in her outlook of cotton picking, her considerate Christian morals are represented by the way she treats her workers. Mrs. Turpin claims, "I am sure tired of buttering up these niggers, but you got to love em if you want em to work for you. When they come in the morning, I run out and I say, 'Hi yawl this morning? ' And when Claud drives them off to the field I just wave to the beat band and they just wave back." […] " And when they come in from the field, I go run out with a bucket of ice water . That 's the way its going to be from now

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