You Will Be Judged

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Dr. Paulina Bounds Paper 1 September 12, 2011 Marrion Kalafut You will be Judged. “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:5). In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Revelation” readers follow the thoughts and actions of a Mrs. Ruby Turpin, who prides herself on judging others and who struggles with the concept of equality before God. Mrs. Turpin’s judgmental attitude creates tension between herself and others. When a teenaged girl, Mary Grace, calls her “a hog” Mrs. Turpin is offended; however, Mary Grace’s judgment allows Mrs. Turpin to see herself in the realistic light of God’s eyes. Preceding her interaction with Mary Grace, Mrs. Turpin considers herself not just a woman of God but a woman like God, able to judge without be judged herself. To Mrs. Turpin, being a religious woman gives her the full and natural right to judge others. As soon as readers are introduced to Mrs. Turpin, they feel passing judgment in the doctor’s office: “She stood looming at the head of the magazine table[…]a living demonstration that the room was inadequate and ridiculous” (O’Connor 818). Here Mrs. Turpin hunts for something to criticize and to judge and judgment is suggested through her physical presence. Her displeasure towards the room points her overall arrogance. This portrays Mrs. Turpin’s state of mind prior to her revelation. As a woman of God, Mrs. Turpin often has dreams of herself talking with Jesus about who she would be if she could not be herself. These dreams signify the connection Mrs. Turpin believes she has with God, and they signify her fear of being in a lower social class. Mrs. Turpin “sometimes occupied herself at night naming the classes of people” (820). Her constant obsession with social class consumes her life, which in fact hinders her relationship
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