Narrative Voice in the Works of Flannery O'Connor Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at the use of the narrative voice in the works of Flannery O'Connor.
# 150743 | 984 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2012 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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This paper describes how American novelist Flannery O'Connor used the narrative voice in her works, particularly noting how it added to the mounting tension in the novels. The paper focuses primarily on the use of narrative in the short story "Revelation" and O'Connor's masterpiece, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." According to the paper, both works explore the grotesque dysfunctions of human nature on display in a decayed and backwards southern culture. Various themes and characters in O'Connor's other novels and short stories are cited, and comparisons are drawn to them. Additionally, the review addresses how O'Connor wrote about racism in the South, especially as seen in the conflicts between various characters in her works. The paper concludes by stating that O'Connor presents the reader with a compelling and versatile narrative voice, a picture of the decaying south as rife with dangers, character flaws and a collective social sickness.

From the Paper:

"The woman described persistently as extremely obese, enters a doctor's waiting room and immediately makes herself the center of the room's attention. She begins to speak idly to the extent that some opt to engage her and others don't. Her personality though strikes a cord of familiarity in the reader who is versed in O'Connor's works. Particularly in the hostility which she invokes from those of limited patience, Mrs. Turpin reveals herself as a protagonist similar to those which highlight many of the author's short stories. And consistent with other characters of this nature in her work, Mrs. Turpin finds herself inevitably headed for conflict. So is this foreshadowed in the kneejerk response which she evokes from young and unattractive Mary Grace. O'Connor tells that "the girl raised her head and directed her scowl at Mrs. Turpin as if she did not like her looks. She appeared annoyed that anyone should speak while she tried to read" (O'Connor, 1965)"
"The annoyance exhibited by Mary Grace and the garrulous and intensely unaware demeanor of Mrs. Turpin echo a similar dynamic in A Good Man is Hard to Find."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • O'Connor, Flannery. (1955). "A Good Man is Hard to Find." Farrar, Straus and Giroux: A Good Man is Hard to Find..
  • O'Connor, Flannery. (1965). "Revelation." Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Everything That Rises Must Converge.

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