Short 3 page paper on Flannery O'Connor's "Revelation."

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Flannery O'Connor, a Catholic novelist in the Protestant South, was greatly influenced by her religion and it is apparent in her works. Some of her stories expose hypocrisy in religious women, but as much as she is known for her exploration of religious themes, she is known for integrating her southern culture and heritage into her stories as well. In "Revelation", O'Connor focuses on the life of Mrs. Turpin, who has believed all her life that she is worthier of being saved by Christ than others because of her social standing and possessions, but in a single moment, all of her beliefs come tumbling down on her. O'Connor uses this story to explore the difficult process of redemption and how the events leading up to redemption signify an awakening of perception, but at a high cost to those who gain perspective.

In "Revelation", the story opens up in the waiting room of a doctor's office, where the smug Mrs.

Turpin is chatting amiably with a stranger to pass the time. The stranger's homely and surly daughter, Mary Grace, sits nearby reading a book, significantly titled "Human Development." As her conversation shows, Mrs. Turpin feels a tremendous degree of self-satisfaction regarding her own position in the world. Her caste classifications boil down to race and ownership of land as she and her husband Claude own a house and little land to raise pigs, she obviously considers herself superior to people who own only a house. Since she is a white woman, she considers herself higher than blacks, regardless of how much property they own, but this is where her classification system breaks down. She cannot figure out what do with people who have a lot of money but are common, or who have "good blood" but have lost...