Most of us just rationalize our actions, justify our bad behavior, and label ourselves “good people”
I do think that Flannery O’Connor writes for us hoping we identify with her characters, so that we can appreciate, laugh, and perhaps reflect on the truths that she delivers in her stories. Part of the fun of O’Connor is the puzzlement of knowing that there is moral lying beneath the words that we can all relate to. We know that faith and love are present in the world, but they are hard to define, and unique in their expression. Love seems dysfunctional in a humorous way in “Parkers Back” as he tries to give to Sarah Ruth something she would love in a tattoo of Jesus. It reminded me of getting a toaster on Mother’s day. She beat him with a broom, because it was simply not the expression of love, faith or belief in God that she found acceptable. Harry sees the River as a vehicle to take him to the place where “he matters” and will feel loved.
It was interesting to see all the good and evil co-existing... [continues]
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