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However, the crux of this salvation really comes from the fact that the grandmother, while putting on airs, does not attain salvation until seconds before she dies. Her sin causes her death, and her salvation does not come through her hypocritical ways. If I placed the story aside and left it, I would have missed the more important point: sin, no matter the severity, causes death. Upon first reading, I did not grasp the equality of sin in relation to death. She perceives herself as a superior individual to those around her, even saying she cannot trust anyone because no good individuals remain. Of course, Stevens does not make this the central argument.

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I have found, in conversations with friends, that at least two of these are very frequently remembered by others as well. The last two. But sometimes the first as well. I was borne through the wandering and failing mind of the protagonist as she shoos away her concerned children at her deathbed. In astonishment at the nothingness that awaits her, she blows out the candle of her life.

I was haunted by it for years, and still am. The hunter is bored with animals, and eventually settles upon Man as the truly worthy prey. I mention these other two stories, despite the subject of my post, because somehow I feel as though they appropriately contextualize what I am about to say even though I could not clearly explain to you exactly why that is. Or if you prefer, you could listen to Flannery reading it to you. You may be startled by her voice — I was, at first.

Quite the experience:. When I was in high school, I was pretty ticked off by the whole thing — much like my own students. It puts you through so much humor if you read it right and so much suspense if you read it at all and then it shoots you in the face. I am both of these things, and I have realized the error of my ways. I would venture to say that if a reader is honest with herself, she will admit to her utter perplexity. Flannery accomplishes in this story a profound gesture at human nature and its mystery.

It was true and nothing else. You are reading literature on par with Sophocles and The Iliad — literature that does not attempt to explain life and death, but simply to show it. The Gospel of Mark has a similar feeling, especially if you stop at , where most scholars think the original fragment ends. When the children finished all the comic books they had brought, they opened the lunch and ate it.

The grandmother ate a peanut butter sandwich and an olive and would not let the children throw the box and the paper napkins out the window. When there was nothing else to do they played a game by choosing a cloud and making the other two guess what shape it suggested. I was reading the Gospel of Mark today and was struck by its similarly matter-of-fact tone.

He tells you about the Transfiguration like you would mention what happened to you at work today. She reached out and touched him on the shoulder.

The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest. Then he put his gun down on the ground and took off his glasses and began to clean them. She touches the man who has murdered her son, her daughter-in-law and her three grandchildren because she recognizes him as her lost son. This recognition is too much for The Misfit, and he reacts in the only way he knows how.

I suppose the reasons for the use of so much violence in modern fiction will differ with each writer who uses it, but in my own stories I have found that violence is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace. Their heads are so hard that almost nothing else will do the work. This idea, that reality is something to which we must be returned at considerable cost, is one which is seldom understood by the casual reader, but it is one which is implicit in the Christian view of the world.

I have found, in short, from the reading of my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory held largely by the devil. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Like this: Like Loading More Sufjan. Very nice. And your writing is always very interesting.

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Ralph C. Wood; p. Whether these tests are met for good or ill, the characters are changed: they are converted. Neither in her novels nor her stories does she take her protagonists beyond their sudden and drastic conversion; we are rarely shown the consequences of this total turnabout in their lives. Once in the backyard She was once like me She was once like me Twice when I killed them They were once at peace They were once like me.

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

I have found, in conversations with friends, that at least two of these are very frequently remembered by others as well. The last two. But sometimes the first as well. I was borne through the wandering and failing mind of the protagonist as she shoos away her concerned children at her deathbed. In astonishment at the nothingness that awaits her, she blows out the candle of her life. I was haunted by it for years, and still am. The hunter is bored with animals, and eventually settles upon Man as the truly worthy prey.

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