12 February 2015
Essay Analysis: Revelation
1. The title of this short story is Revelation and was published in 1965. 2. The author’s name is Flannery O’Connor, 1925-1964.
3. Mrs. Turpin is the main character of this short story and proves to be a dynamic character. In the beginning of the story Mrs. Turpin immediately starts judging everyone in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. While observing these people she was thinking to herself how grateful she was that she was a white woman with a nice home and land as opposed to being “white trash” or black. She even says that she believes that poverty stricken black people cannot get into Heaven because they don’t measure up to certain standards. She views poor and black people to be lesser than her until the very end of the story. At the end of the story, she finally realizes that God sees all of his children the same when welcoming them into the afterlife, regardless of race, social standing, or how much money and land they obtained while on Earth. Although it took hateful words and violent acts to make Ruby see this, she changed into a woman who knows what true equality among the human race is and what it should be. 4. The setting of the story was somewhere in the South after the Civil War based on context clues. The white trash woman’s daughter was in town for the summer from college in the North so that made it clear to the reader that Mrs. Turpin resided in the South. Also, it was evident that this story took place after the Civil War because Ruby stated multiple time that black people were not forced to work for white families anymore and that some of them owned their own homes and land. The setting made the atmosphere extremely tense because this time in history was immensely divided. Some white people wanted slavery to resume and thought of black people in a negative way while some white people enjoyed the new equality that was being introduced to America. 5. The point of view in this story is...
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