Date of publication: 2017-07-09 06:32
It sounds like Mr. Bernens does not care for O 8767 Connor 8767 s style. This is not a flaw in the writer, but rather indicative of the literary palate of the reviewer. Perhaps he should stick with Henry James.
I 8767 ll try my best not to 8776 to linger on murder, suicide and evil, 8776 although Christ 8767 s horrific death and betrayal urges us to contemplate the nature of the world and myself as such at daily mass. 8775 Where are You Going 8776 answers that existential question of heroic sacrifice in the face of such evil through sudden grace. The escatological ethic is never so powerfully revealed as in the 8775 Misfits 8776 pronouncement: 8775 She would have been a good woman if someone would have shot her everyday 8776 as she begs for the Misfit 8767 s soul.
Which is exactly what defenders of modern art say. 8775 It doesn 8767 t matter that it 8767 s ugly as sin what matters is it 8767 s real , man. 8776
The deadpan delivery compliments the deadpan humor. I 8767 ve wondered if this story might have been an influence on (of all things) “National Lampoon 8767 s Vacation”.
Sure, every 8766 story 8767 written by a human being will have 8766 content 8767 in common with any other story written by a human being, since it 8767 s the product of a human mind. But that flattens all literature not to mention all human endeavor to the baseline of 8766 it 8767 s good because some human wrote it about humans and it therefore has human content. 8767 If you include everything that includes some element of the human condition as belonging to 8766 the entire canon of English literature 8767 then the very meaning of the canon disappears. If you reduce the 8766 content 8767 to the problem of evil, as though evil were the one, true thing, you have a sad view of reality.
WOOD : Mystery does not mean for her a kind of a fuzzy, foggy, gooey something or other. It’s a very specific term for her. For her the word mystery means that which is inexhaustible in our knowledge of God, that the deeper we go in understanding who the self-declared, self-revealed God is, the more there is yet to understand, so that the greater our knowledge of God also the greater our ignorance of God, so that we know only a thumbnail of what and who God is.
Oh, I see what you 8767 re doing there, Lorrina! Smart! I think everybody misses that you are making yourself one of O 8767 Connor 8767 s stupid backwoods uneducated characters! Wow, what satire!
That O'Connor does not intend the nameless rapist to represent homosexuals as a group is made evident in his wilfully caricatured features. He drives a lavender-tinted car, wears a lavender shirt, carries a lavender handkerchief, and possesses lavender eyes - the adjectival colour being a standard symbol for decadence of all kinds, especially the sensual. After drugging the boy into unconsciousness, the sodomite emerges from his (unnarrated) sexual violation of Tarwater as if he were a veritable vampire: "His delicate skin had acquired a faint pink tint as if he had refreshed himself on blood."
One of her closest childhood friends was another writer-to-be, Truman Capote (then known as Truman Persons). Tougher than many of the boys, Lee often stepped up to serve as Truman's protector. Truman, who shared few interests with boys his age, was picked on for being sensitive and for the fancy clothes he wore. While the two friends were very different, they both had difficult home lives. Truman was living with his mother's relatives in town after largely being abandoned by his own parents.
As with so much else that O’Connor produced, it is not the purpose of her writing, but the vehicle she chooses, that is disfigured and distracted. In this sense, O’Connor displays something of a likeness to a James Joyce or a Truman Capote there is a deep sorrow, and almost an imbalance, which cannot help but break forth in the substance of her craft. Too often, for no reason but the author’s imaginative will, a story veers towards a prolonged contemplation of disorder, or even deliberate, manifest evil.
I don 8767 t think the purpose of 8775 A Good Man 8776 was to fortify people and strengthen them in the faith. The purpose may have been to expose the shallowness of some people 8767 s faith, I 8767 m sure. And it certainly was to call into question our naive division of people into 8775 good people 8776 and 8775 bad people 8776 . The Misfit is an everyman. The Misfit looks square in the eye the theological truth of what his sin IS, and does it anyway. His talk with the grandmother leads to a transfigured moment where he has the power to turn back, and possible to continue. He makes the wrong choice.
You greatly misunderstand, or have not read Milton.
Your comment, 8775 If the mind is filled with evil images that are used to send a good message, and are utterly unappealing, that is wise. 8776 is confused and illogical. We are clearly to fill our minds with what is good, pure, virtuous, and noble. O 8767 Connor 8767 s writings do the opposite, and even if she finds some redeeming rationale, I know that most readers do not gain that, especially unformed minds.
Already in the Puritans, Delbanco discerns a profound ambiguity about the Evil One. On the one hand, their radical consciousness of sin made them ascribe acute reality to satanic temptations. Yet, on the other hand, Lucifer ceases to be the macabre monstrosity of both ancient and medieval Christian tradition. The Puritans worried that such personifications would miss the ubiquity and subtlety of demonic temptation. They also feared that Christians and others might find a convenient means for transferring their own culpability for evil to the Prince of Darkness.
By contrast, the body of humanity remains broken, and broken largely whenever suffering is regarded as the ultimate evil. For Flannery O'Connor , when pain becomes the chief enemy, a deadly sentimentality prevails. Hence the triumph of such deceptive terms as "compassion" and "caring" - whether in preventing "unwanted" births or ending "useless" lives:
Milton 8767 s Satan was by no means 8766 desirable 8767 (and I wrote my MA on him at Oxford, so don 8767 t even go in the direction of saying I don 8767 t know or I 8767 m not trained to make such a statement and yes, I know about the critics who say that Satan is the 8766 hero 8767 and we admire him, blah, blah, blah). Milton 8767 s Satan was TRAGIC: his pride was his tragic flaw and there is nothing desirable about what it led him to. It 8767 s rather absurd to suggest that human readers would find a depiction of Satan as the sworn enemy of the human race as 8766 desirable. 8767