life and works of flannery o'connor
 

Flannery O'Connor / Life & Works
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In 5 pages, the writer discusses Flannery O'Connor's life, her style, and her place in the literary world. Flannery O'Connor was born Mary Flannery O'Connor. O'Connor wrote a collection of short stories, 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'. Her novels were 'Wise Blood' and 'The Violent Bear It Away'. Posthumously published were 'Mystery and Manners', a collection of essays and lectures, and 'Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories'. The latter included her most famous story, 'Everything That Rises Must Converge', which was awarded the National Book Award for fiction. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor /Theme And Symbolism
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5 pages in length. 'I suspect that most of you have been telling stories all your lives ' is the assumption Flannery O'Connor makes in her lecture entitled Writing Short Stories. For it is difficult for O'Connor to fathom that people perceive writing fiction as a chore, when it is something she achieves as though it were of no effort whatsoever. Her main points to writing good fiction involve the use of symbolism and theme, which the writer compares and contrasts between two of O'Connor's works: Good Country People and Everything that Rises Must Converge. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People'/ Anti-Humanism
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A 4 page paper examining Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People' from a theological standpoint. The paper asserts that to attempt to analyze O'Connor's fiction from a humanistic standpoint is to miss its entire point - that the pivotal moments in our lives occur with an experience of a breakthrough to Christian consciousness. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Compare/Contrast Style And Tone In William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' And Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find'
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5 pages in length. There are both similarities and variations in the way that William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor address the literary concepts of style and tone in 'Barn Burning' and 'A Good Man is Hard To Find.' Indeed, both writers possess a significant ability to weave a web of intrigue and compassion by utilizing style and tone, particularly with regard to emphasizing the necessity of conflict. Faulkner and O'Connor are two authors whose works thrive on the discord that is inherent to humanity; in fact, their very existence as literary giants comes from the fact that they are both so well-equipped to tap into the sometimes grim yet always entertaining aspects of the human condition. The writer discusses style and tone in relation to the two stories. No additional sources cited.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Everything That Rises Must Converge'/ Catholic Theology
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A 5 page paper examining this well-known story by Flannery O'Connor from a theological standpoint. The paper shows how it is unprofitable to analyze O'Connor's story humanistically, because it in fact is an affirmation of the Christian doctrine of grace. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Stairs As Symbols in the Work Of Flannery O'Connor
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In any consideration of the writings of Flannery O'Connor, her faith and upbringing has an impact. This 10 page paper explores the idea that Ms. O'Connor, in her first published short story, The Geranium; Everything That Rises Must Converge and one of the very last written during her all too short life: Judgment Day, utilizes the imagery and symbolism of stairs. No additional sources are listed.
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Flannery O'Connor/Comparing 3 Short Stories
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A 7 page research paper that examines three of Flannery O'Connor's short stories--"A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "Everything That Rises Must Converge," and "Good Country People." The writer argues that the underlying message for much of O'Connor's fiction is that while one may endeavor to avoid self-examination and the "deeper questions" of life, these issues are unavoidable and will inevitably have to be faced. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find' / Evil And Christianity
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5 pages in length. On the surface, Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find appears innocent enough in its content. But as the reader becomes more and more involved in the underpinnings that embody the story, it is quite clear there is a distinctive flavor of evil versus Christianity. In fact, it has been argued that the extent to which O'Connor utilizes the central theme of Christianity is a subtle plot to convert her readers, whom she envisioned as nonbelievers. By demonstrating to her audience all the good that comes from faith, along with all the bad that merely begets more evil, it was her intention to enlighten her readership down the right path. The writer analyzes the concepts of good and evil as they relate to the story. No other sources used.
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Flannery O'Connor's View of Religion, As Revealed in the Short Story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
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A 7 page paper which analyzes how Flannery O'Connor's view of religion is revealed in her 1955 short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's Use of Allegory in Her Short Story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
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A 5 page paper which examines how Flannery O'Connor made use of allegory to convey her message in her 1955 short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Symbolism In Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"
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7 pages in length. The writer discusses symbolism in one of Flannery O'Connor's most famous works. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People'
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A 5 page critical essay which examines Flannery O'Connor's 1955 short story, 'Good Country People' and how it reflects the techniques and themes of the modern literary period. Specifically considered are how the story deals with the major subjects of nature, religion, individualism vs. social responsibility, love, realism and the grotesque aspects of human nature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find / Symbolism of The Trees
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In 5 pages the author discusses why the tress symbolize the fate of the family in 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' by Flannery O'Connor. Trees are very symbolic. They have many meanings depending on how one looks at them and what connotation is given them. Trees are symbols of both good and evil, and of life and death. No other sources cited.
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William Butler Yeats and Flannery O'Connor / Literary Criticism
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A 5 page paper critiquing a literary criticism article by Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet, in which Blythe and Sweet compare O'Connor's story 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find' with William Butler Yeats' 'The Second Coming.' The paper concludes that there is really very little valid basis for comparison, due to the differing literary outlooks of the writers themselves. No sources except critical article and O'Connor's book.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find'
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A 4 page paper discussing the contrasts between the Old South and the New South in Flannery O'Connor's short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Greenleaf'/ The May Farm
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A 5 page paper that considers what will happen to the May family's farm after the death of Mrs. May in Flannery O'Connor's Greenleaf. This paper reflects upon the role that family order plays in designing lifestyle and the problematic elements in interpersonal relationships. Bibliography lists no additional sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation' / Active Voice
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This 3 page essay discusses a specific passage from Flannery O'Connor's Revelation (pp. 414) that illustrates active voice and uses language to convey meaning and mood. No additional sources cited.
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Flannery O'Connor: Theme
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4 pages in length. The writer discusses theme as it applies to Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People," "Judgement Day" and "Everything that Rises Must Converge." Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation' / Analysis
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A 5 page paper discussing O'Connor's last short story. Written under the influence of O'Connor's knowledge of the progress of her terminal disease, 'Revelation' deals even more with condemnation and redemption than her other works, even they also are known for the same underlying messages. A vision of the entrance into Heaven of the throngs of believers underlines the real, rather than perceived, shortcomings of the self-righteous and unforgiving main character. No additional sources cited.
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Works Of Flannery O'Connor / Emotional Intent Through Racism
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8 pages in length. The fictional works of Flannery O'Connor elicit several levels of emotion within the weave of racism and prejudice. Two of the author's short stories -- Everything That Rises Must Converge and Judgement Day -- reflect just such a backdrop in their attempts to demonstrate the absurdity of such narrow-mindedness. The writer compares and contrasts the two stories with respect to their representation of racial intolerance.
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Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
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This 5 page report discusses Flannery O’Connor’s short story and examines whether or not The Misfit is simply insane or what has driven him to commit the horrors he does. He is a despicable character who is still fascinating in terms causing the reader to wonder how a person actually develops the attitudes and thinking processes that he exhibits. Religion also plays a role in his brutality and works as what condemns one character in the story while saving another. No secondary sources.
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O'Connor & Updike / Clash of Worldviews
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A 10 page paper comparing the way Flannery O'Connor and John Updike develop a clash of worldviews in their short fiction. Stories analyzed are O'Connor's 'Revelation', and Updike's 'A & P'. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Characterization in O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
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A 5 page paper examining the characterization of the Misfit and the grandmother in this classic short story by Flannery O’Connor. The story shows how our comfortable assumptions regarding the “goodness” or “evil” of these characters are turned upside down by O’Connor’s emphasis on nontraditional values. No additional sources.
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Flannery O'Connor
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A seven page biographical look at this important twentieth century author. The paper shows how O'Connor turn a tremendous challenge into triumph through her indomitable faith. Bibliography lists eight sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation' / Union Of Opposites
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A 7 page paper discussing O'Connor's use of simultaneous but conflicting states of being in her short story, and in her work as a whole. The paper breaks down some of the difficult theological concepts in 'Revelation,'and shows how it works on two levels at the same time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Religion In The Works Of Flannery O'Connor
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A 10 page paper showing the religious references in three of this twentieth-century Southern writer's stories: 'A Good Man is Hard To Find,' 'Good Country People,' and 'The River.' The paper argues that the intrinsic violence of much of O'Connor's work comes from her unusual interpretation of the working out of God's grace in the world. Bibliography lists seven sources including book.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood'
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A 5 page essay covering various topics and issues in O'Connor's 'Wise Blood.' The writer discusses Hazel's 'religious' beliefs, personal background, etc.; Also explored are Enoch Emory's 'wise blood,' the characters of Sabbath Hawks, Hoover Shoat, etc; No other sources cited.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Greenleaf' / Violent Workings of Grace
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A 5 page paper showing how O'Connor develops her themes of grace and redemption through the ornery character of Mrs. May in this short story. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Political Incorrectness In The Works Of Flannery O'Connor
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An 8 page paper looking at three short stories: 'A Good Man is Hard To Find,' 'Good Country People,' and 'Everything That Rises Must Converge.' The paper argues that in her fiction, O'Connor tries to show how craven and worthless and ugly and stupid we are without the benefit of the grace of God. She chooses as her victims people about whom our society feels especially protective -- widows, children, the disabled -- simply because no one is exempt. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Flannery O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger”
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A 9 page overview and summary of key elements O’Connor’s classic work. The writer is particularly concerned with the way this novel inverts a racist symbol into an emblem of antiracist redemption. Bibliography cited 5 sources.
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James, O'Connor, & Twain/On Evil
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A 5 page analysis of how Mark Twain, Henry James and Flannery O'Connor have each pictured how individuals have reacted to early experiences with evil. In so doing each has shown aspects of society, as implied through laws and social norms, that rather then promoting the spiritual welfare of its citizens actually work against the promotion of moral conduct. In other words, they have each addressed aspects in society that promote evil. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Aeschylus' 'Oresteia' / Agamemnon vs. O'Connor's Wise Blood
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4 page-long essay comparatively analyzing the differences between finale for the Chorus in Greek tragedy's 'Agamemnon' and Hazel Motes in Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood.' No bibliography.
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Poe and O'Connor: Gothic to the Max.
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(5 pp) What is in the human condition that prompts us to enjoy being scared? Ghost stories at Halloween; escaped criminal stories around the campfire; or creatures rising from the dead, all serve that part of us that tingles with frightening tales. Gothic stories, are, that group of literary works, which do exactly that. Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor are wonderful examples of this genre. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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O'Connor's Good Country People
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In reading short stories it is sometimes difficult to remember the reason why they are written. In Good Country People, by Flannery O'Connor, the development of character allows the reader to make discoveries about themselves. This 5 page paper argues that the character of Joy, Hulga is dual dimensional as seen by the change in name. Her true nature is masked by an intellectual nihilism in defense of feelings of inadequacy resulting from her physical deformity. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Poe and O'Connor: Gothic to the Max.
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(5 pp) What is in the human condition that prompts us to enjoy being scared? Ghost stories at Halloween; escaped criminal stories around the campfire; or creatures rising from the dead, all serve that part of us that tingles with frightening tales. Gothic stories, are, that grou of literary works, which do exactly that. Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor are wonderful examples of this genre. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard To Find' / Foreshadowing & Theme
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A 14 page paper showing how foreshadowing both increases suspense as the story unfolds and underscores the story's theme, makes its ending seem completely inevitable. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
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8 pages in length. The short story Everything That Rises Must Converge focuses on the relationship between Julian, who is a young man who has recently graduated from college, and his mother. The two main characters, Julian and his mother, are such well-rounded and full bodied characters within the text of the plot that one can almost focus on nothing else. The Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Everything That Rises Must Converge'
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5 pages in length. Set in the symbolic location of a city bus, 'Everything That Rises Must Converge' addresses the deep-seated issues of racism between a mother and her son, Julian. It is during the ride that Julian learns of his mother's racial tendencies, yet tries to hide his own by appearing to be open-minded. Deep in his heart, however, he knows he is truly his mother's son in more ways than one. The writer discusses summary, characters, conflict, point of view and setting as they relate to the story. No additional sources cited.
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Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation'
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses the point at which Mrs. Turpin experiences her revelation. No additional sources cited.
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Religion vs. Sociology in the Stories of Flannery O'Connor
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A five page paper looking at this seminal twentieth-century author in terms of the various ways her work can be analyzed and interpreted. The paper concludes that she can be productively viewed from both the standpoints of Catholic spirituality and sociological change. Bibliography lists four sources.
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The Symbolism of the Bull in Flannery O'Connor's "Greenleaf"
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A 5 page paper which considers the many symbols represented by the bull in the 1957 short story. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Faulkner/O'Connor Comparison
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A 3 page essay that compares William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily, and Flannery O'Connor's short story "Good Country People." In both stories, female protagonists come face-to-face with their deepest fears. Also, in both stories, the authors make use of the imagery of time to dramatize the situations of women and the roles dictated for them by society. No additional sources cited.
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Self-Absorption and Lack of Communication in Southern Literature
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An eight page paper surveying seven works of fiction by six different authors. The paper argues that because Southern heritage is so concerned with maintaining traditions and external forms of behavior (such as claustrophobic family ties), the Southern way of life invites its citizenry to live inauthentic lives. Specific authors and works discussed include William Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury,' Robert Penn Warren's 'All the King's Men,' Eudora Welty's 'The Wide Net' and 'Why I Live at the P.O.', Carson McCullers' 'Member of the Wedding,' Walker Percy's 'The Moviegoer,' and Flannery O'Connor's 'The River.' Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Women in Modern Southern Literature
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A 9 page paper on the changing role of women in Southern literature in the mid-to-late twentieth century. The paper observes that the Southern woman conceals beneath her society's valuation of her as helpless a unique ability to navigate the waters of her culture. Works covered are Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding; Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard To Find; Walker Percy's Lancelot; Peter Taylor's A Summons to Memphis; and Kaye Gibbons' Ellen Foster. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Faith In Films: Wise Blood And The Apostle
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Both The Apostle and Wise Blood are movies about faith, although they are much different types of faith. This 10 page paper explores three elements of comparison between the two movies and, or, the novel by Flannery O'Connor. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Faulkner & O'Connor on the Grotesque
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A 5 page essay/research paper that examines Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" and William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and argues that both stories tell evocative things about the South – such as the fact that both stories center on characters that are "grotesque." Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Symbolic Images in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
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A 7 page paper which discusses the symbolic images found in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Gender Characterization
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To say that gender roles are merely the subjugation of women as 'irrational' would not be true. However, oftentimes women are depicted in literature as irrational and powerless. This 5 page paper explores the characterization of Desiree in Kate Chopin's story of Desiree's Baby; for the grandmother in Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find and the woman, Jig, in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants in terms of these factors. No additional sources are listed.
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Short Story Analysis of D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
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A 6 page paper which examines how each story explores the theme of spiritual emptiness. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Justice in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” and Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson”
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A 5 page paper which examines the role of justice in each literary example. No additional sources are used.
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Flannery O’Connor’s Short Stories “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” “Revelation” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
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A 5 page paper which examines the women who are central figures in each story, considers their similarities and differences, and also discusses the significance of point of view and setting in these stories. No additional sources are used.
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The Unlikely Likable Character
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The character of Julien in Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge, Dee in Alice Walker's Everyday Use and the husband in Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin are all represented as being far from admirable. This 5 page paper argues that the authors of these short stories chose to have these characters present a dual personality of good and evil for a specific reason. No additional sources are listed.
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"Everything That Rises Must Converge"
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A 6 page paper which argues that the son, Julian, in Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge," spends a great deal of time rebelling against his mother rather than showing he loves her. This costs him a great deal in the end. No additional sources cited.
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