Patrick McGrath

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    Introduction: Flannery O’Connor ambitiously sets out to make a reader face the grotesque nature of society and all it’s commonly concealed evils. In “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction” Flannery O’Connor refers to herself as a “realist of distances.” Which means in order for her to explore the difficult and mysterious aspects of human existence she exaggerates the characters and ideas created in her stories. She considers the truly grotesque aspects of writing to be the most realistic. The reader should not recognize the grotesque as entertainment; its purpose is not fascination. Its purpose is to recognize the evils of the world and in tern yearn for redemption and progression. In O’Connor’s “Revelation” the deluded mental grotesqueness of her main character, Mrs.Turpin magnifies the flawed human habits and conditions and it’s need for change. Mrs.Turpin grotesqueness comes from her hypocritical act of undertaking the divine right to judge. A common problem among humans, but what O’Connor shows is the human inability to judge because of the flawed conditions of the human, specific to this story is the nature of insecurity. I will argue, that O’Connor’s use of the grotesque affectively exemplifies a common human failure to self-righteously create their own hierarchical system of beliefs based on insignificant insecurities and worldly ideologies rather than the quality and virtue of ones character. Judgment Day: My first argument is that in order to…

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    Violence in the Works of Flannery O’Connor “First responses to O’Connor are invariably extreme. Forgetting about the stoning of St. Stephen or Herod’s slaughter of the innocents or even the cross itself, many first-time readers of O’Connor, knowing that she is a Christian writer, re puzzled by her grotesqueries and the violence of her vision. The problem is, of course, that most readers possess flimsy ideas about what is “Christian” literature and what is not” (Baumgaertner 19). Flannery…

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    Southern Gothic literature is a writing style unique to American literature in that it uses supernatural, ironic, and unusual events to reveal and examine the values and character of the South. Sothern Gothic authors use certain elements as tools to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the south. An example of this work is A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. It is a deeply disturbing tale about a family trip to Florida gone wrong. O 'Connor 's work in A Good…

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    Living in the past can hold you back from opportunities that present themselves in the current day. This is shown in the film The Silver Lining Playbook directed by David O. Russell, this film sends an important message that living in the past will affect you in the present. Patrick Solitano Jr lived in the past, this torn his whole life apart. Living in the past cause Pat to go through many mental stages such as obsessed, Bipolar, defensive and decisive. Pat’s first hurdle to become mentally…

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    My Family Tradition

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    McGrath describes faith as more than just believing that God exists, but it is about trusting in Him (McGrath 3). We all can say that God is real but what about our action? God is our father, savior, and protector; he would not allow us to bear what we cannot. I often take problems into my own hands because I forgot that God is there for me. My faith in him was so little that I allow myself to stress over things I have no control over. I verse that often come up in my head when I think of…

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    Ever since the dawn of the first written language literature has always played a huge role in understanding why do humans behave and accomplish goals some that are very adventurous and against a human’s comfort zone. Literature reflects on human 's nature and pulls at their instinct to be adventurous and go against their comfort zone of a normal life to do something extraordinary. Two examples of pieces of literature that show off people that accept the call to adventure while other folks do…

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    Constitution and in the midst of the crisis of nullification, James Madison reaffirmed the centrality of federalism while writing the preface to what would become his “Notes on the Federal Convention”. The federal system certainly was important to James Madison and his contemporaries, and it has been important to succeeding generations of Americans who lived their lives and struggled with collective issues and concerns in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Numerous ideas on government…

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    A hero doesn’t need to have superhuman abilities like flight, superstrength, or invincibility. The attributes of a hero can be anyone who follows superb morals, make an effort to help anyone, and help make a difference in our world. The definition of a hero is based on people’s opinion of what a hero do to help people. While some people believe that a stereotypical comic superhero is a definition of a hero, others believe that a hero can be anyone. Ernest Hemingway, the famous author for a…

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    Bee Movie Content Analysis

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    With the invention of the Internet has come with the creation of a whole new way people express their creativity. A common form of expression on the internet is through the use of fan made content, including things such as fan fiction and memes. In recent months, the 2007 animated film Bee Movie has received much attention on the internet through the use of this fan made content, in particular memes. Many of these memes are about making the film seem even more absurd through editing the film or…

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    The Bacon’s Rebellion Bacon’s rebellion is a revolution that occurred in Virginia, which started in the year 1676. Nathaniel Bacon was the leader of this revolution who was born in England. Since he was very troublesome, his father sent him to Virginia from England with an expectation that he would mature and have a better life. During that time, William Berkeley was the governor of Virginia and also happened to be bacon’s cousin. The governor, Berkeley, treated Bacon with respect by giving…

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