Revelation, By Flannery O ' Connor Essay

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In her story "Revelation," Flannery O 'Connor showcases a flaw in the human way of thinking, and how people view social classes. O 'Connor demonstrates this through the story of Mrs. Turpin. Mrs. Turpin sees herself as a good Christian woman with a good disposition, but she is extremely judgmental and sees herself as better than people in the lower social classes. Through the events of the story, O 'Connor reveals Mrs. Turpin 's revelation to the truth that God sees all people as equal, regardless of social class. O 'Connor does a masterful job of illustrating this message through her use of imagery, the description of the setting, and the symbolism shown throughout the story.
The story opens as Mr. and Mrs. Turpin enter a small doctor 's office. Mrs. Turpin begins judging the people inside immediately and assigns them to social classes solely based on their appearance. Mrs. Turpin is consumed by her social status, and she often thanks God that she was made the way she was. She makes conversation with a few women in the waiting room, and begins to notice a teenage girl scowling and smirking at her. When the conversation turn to the girl, Mary Grace, she refuses to speak to Mrs. Turpin, but Mary Grace seems to grow increasingly frustrated with the conversation. In the middle of Mrs. Turpin thanking God, Mary Grace throws her book, Human Development, at Mrs. Turpin, and begins to choke her. Mary Grace calls her an "old wart hog" and tells her to "go back to hell" which…

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