Wise Blood

Topics: Christianity, Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor Pages: 2 (638 words) Published: November 9, 2011
Wise Blood
Hazel Motes
Hazel Motes is a young man from Flannery O’ Connor, in Wise Blood, who I considerably believe him to be naïve, because of his innocent, ignorant, and impulsive behavior as seen throughout the book. His innocence is shown through the way he talks to Mrs. Watts and Sabbath, as both of them approach him in a sexual manner, and Hazel and his innocent mind doesn’t know how to continue with their devious ways. Hazels ignorant against Jesus, that even if he existed and had him in front of him, he still would refuse to believe. “The Church Without Christ” is Hazels own church, which he preaches of on the streets, with impulsiveness and intensity amongst anyone who listens, and hears his preach on Jesus being a liar.

Hazel is naïve because of his ignorant attitude in Wise Blood by Flannery O’ Connor. “Do you think I believe in Jesus?” … “Well I wouldn’t even if He existed. Even if He was on this train.” (pg7) Nobody seems to be impressed by the power of his words. Hazel speaks to Mrs. Hitchcock in the train letting her know that, he would never want to be redeemed; “If you’ve been redeemed, then I wouldn’t want to be.” (pg7) Hazel he is someone who dares to dream but shows no remorse towards the faith and belief that other people may have upon Jesus. His ignorant attitude is always against God, but ironically shows remorse with the hope he might receive some kind of sign as he walks with stones in his shoes.

Hazel’s impulsive behavior increased, as he spoke of his new church. “I’m going to preach whoever’ll listen at whatever place. I’m going to preach there was no Fall because there was nothing to fall from and no Redemption because there was no Fall and no Judgment because there wasn’t the first two. Nothing matters but that Jesus was a liar.”(pg54) According to Flannery O’ Connor in, Wise Blood, Hazel acts like he has all the power and knowledge to overcome everyone else belief and reel them into the Church Without Christ, he tries out...
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