There's No Such Thing as Right and Wrong
In The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor, there are many choices that are good and bad. I would like to point out the three that I notice throughout the novel; the proper Christian burial, the burning of the house, and baptizing Bishop. I'm sure you can make out which is which, but I am not sure if Francis Tarwater did or if he had any morals. But I do believe that he was encouraged by bad forces that lead him to do unspeakable events. “The are other guides, variously demonic, who accompany Tarwater on his flight: three are drivers; the other, Satan himself, takes up his place in Tarwater's mind as the voice of the 'stranger' right after his great-uncle's death” (Trowbridge). Francis did however tell his great-uncle while he was dead and staring at him, “Just hold your horses. I already told you I would do it right” (129). The novel opens up to a different part of the story but we will get to that later. In the beginning of the novel prior to death of the great-uncle of Francis Tarwater, Mason Tarwater, he asks Francis to give him a proper Christian burial in the honor of his death. While Francis Tarwater is beginning to dig the grave for this beloved great-uncle, he hears a “Voice” inside his head telling him to forget about the old man. This stranger's voice has become a “sharp and friendly and wise, shadowed under a stiff broad-brimmed panama hat” (144). Francis Tarwater then fulfills the voice's order and gets drunk instead. I believe that this is one of the places where he made a bad decision. With this decision, he really did not have to do much. All Tarwater had to do was bury his great-uncle, Old Mason was not asking for much. Even what is done afterwards is something bad. As Francis begins to hear the stranger's voice, they begin to talk about how it is not the Judgement Day for him, meaning Old Mason, but for Francis. The stranger's voice then says, “Rotted to as much dust as his ashes if you...
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