In every instance, the intellectual comes to realize that his belief in his ability to control his life totally, as well as control those things which influence it, is a faulty belief. This story is divided into four rather distinct sections which help emphasize the relationships between the four central characters. Freeman and Manley Pointer a traveling Bible salesman and between Mrs. Hopewell and her daughter, Hulga, while at the same time providing details which appear to emphasize the different facets of the four individual characters.
She saw her religion as liberation and considered it a vocation in much the way one might be called to the priesthood. Instead, she drew her characters and settings from the rural South she knew so well. Those characters were sometimes labeled grotesques by critics and scholars, but she rejected the term, feeling that it originated with writers who understood the South as little as they understood Christianity, a condition of ignorance she intended to remedy.
She understood that she was writing to a secular world, and she intended to instruct it in the Christian understanding of grace and redemption as the elements most central to human life.
In her first novel, Wise Blood, the central character, Hazel Motes, begins as a man who is determined to escape the compelling image of Jesus which haunts him.
Its central character is Francis Marion Tarwater, a boy who, like Motes, is attempting to escape a calling. At the end of the novel, however, he is setting out to return to the city in his new role as prophet.
That probably explains the large number of deaths in her stories, and it may also account for the strong sense of danger in many of them. The word seems to imply that they are too exaggerated to belong in realistic fiction. Her backwoods preachers, she believed, came closer to understanding the human condition in relationship to God than any number of psychologists, teachers, and sociologists, none of whom ever appear very flatteringly in her fiction.
They are often funny, but they are almost always unpleasant. Enoch Emery in Wise Blood is an excellent example of this kind of characterizing. Almost everything about him is simultaneously funny and terrible.
His ignorance is responsible for much of his grotesque response to the world. He hates and fears the zoo animals he guards; he never knows how ludicrous he looks to others, and so he imagines that the ugly cook at the snack shop is in love with him and that no one knows he hides in the bushes to watch the women at the swimming pool.
His only real hero is Gonga the Gorilla from films. Turpin, who offends the reader with smugness and bigotry; Mary Grace, the mad girl who goes to college but who makes her ugliness even worse by making faces at Mrs.
She is able to present the dirty, the disfigured, and the stupid as also funny and recognizable as inhabitants of the real world. In her earlier stories, she often indicated some of their quality with spelling.
Some scholars have made an effort to find evidence of her sympathy for the growing Civil Rights movement in her work, but such evidence is very slight, if it exists at all.
References to eyes and their color and to the various colors and qualities of the sky are numerous in almost every story. The sky and particularly the sun often seem intended to evoke images of God and Christ looking down on the world. Another frequent symbol in her work is the use of birds to suggest the Holy Spirit or even, in the case of peacocks, Christ himself.
Modern readers are increasingly likely to see her serious intentions while relishing her humor. Her debt to Nathaniel Hawthorne has long been noted, but some scholars have begun to notice, too, her debt to Mark Twain—the former for his concern for moral issues, the latter for his comic view.
Wise Blood First published: Novel A backwoods preacher attempts to escape his call but at last gives in to a sort of martyrdom. It embodies most of her major themes, and it contains some of her best comedy.
It is flawed, however, by her difficulties in pulling the two parts of the plot together. The Enoch Emery story is never fully integrated into the Hazel Motes story. The novel opens on a train as Hazel Motes leaves the Army.
He is the grandson of a backwoods preacher, but he finds the image of a Jesus who insists on claiming the human recipients of his mercy to be unbearably disturbing. Hazel has long decided that he wants to avoid that Jesus, first by trying to avoid sin and later by asserting that Jesus is nothing more than a trick.
Nevertheless, Hazel startles his worldly fellow passengers by suddenly claiming that if they are saved he would not want to be. When Hazel arrives in the city of Taulkinham, he heads for the house of a prostitute, Leora Watts, as the next step in asserting that sin is an irrelevant issue in his life.
Significantly, however, both the cab driver and Leora herself identify Hazel as a preacher, an identification he violently rejects.
Soon Hazel sees a street preacher, Asa Hawks, who claims to have blinded himself as a demonstration of faith, although early in the novel the reader learns that his blindness is a sham. Hazel is both drawn to and repelled by Hawks and his adolescent daughter Sabbath Lily.
Now he works for the city as a zoo guard. Hawks, in fact, says that some preacher has left his mark on Haze, but Hazel insists that he believes in nothing at all. To prove his point, Hazel sets about buying a car, an ancient, rat-colored Essex, for which he pays forty dollars.
Meanwhile, Enoch Emery is acting out his own sort of religion. He insists that Hazel meet him at the park where he works, and after an elaborate set of ritual activities that include going through the zoo to ridicule the animals, Enoch leads Hazel to the city museum.Essays and criticism on Flannery O'Connor - Critical Essays.
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