Wise Blood Essay

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Introduction: In the novel “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Connor, talks of a man named Hazel Motes. Many people in his time were very religious. But as for Hazel he was a man who did not believe in Christianity, and he wants to prove himself that he is a non-believer. The year was 1962 when she began writing this novel, author Flannery O’ Connor wrote it during a very harsh winter. As she progressed to write she became very ill. Later doctors diagnosed her with “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” which is an auto immune disease. Once winter was over she was stuck with this disease her whole life. She soon found out it was hereditary from her father. When she wrote other books it affected her life and work. Most of her books that are written are in a form of grotesque, because of her experience of battling her diseased body. But the most important piece of work in all her books is how she influences religion in her writing. She later died on August 3, 1964, at the age of 39. While her mother who did not have the disease at birth she lived till 1997. Content: Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood contains many reoccurring and undermining religious themes. Her main theme includes the redemption of man by Christ. She also depicts the grotesques in society through her use of her subject matter. O'Connor bluntly uses this religious theme to prove that redemption is difficult for her characters because of the distorted sense of moral purpose in her characters. Throughout her novel, a major emphasis is placed on materialism and money. Through her use of imagery, symbols, details, and allusion O'Connor produces the unbalanced prosperity of the society, which leaves little assurance to blissfulness in life. Her protagonist, Hazel Motes, becomes a fated preacher or even prophet; however, Hazel rejects any form of Christ in his life including the image of himself. Even though it is

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