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Flannery OConnor was a southern Catholic writer known for her sharp explorations of religious themes and southern racial issues through extraordinary short stories and novels featuring bizarre situations and grotesque southern characters Her stories have had positive influences on the lives of her readers OConnors themes of the decaying south racial relations and the possibility of religion and spirituality after WWII have all been accepted by the literary and religious worlds Flannery OConnor was born in Savannah Georgia on March 25 1925 Her writing focused on the memories of the place she knew best the rural South To the inexperienced the writing of OConnor may seem cold unemotional stark and violent but in reality her writing is filled with meaning and symbolism Her writing contains knowledge that is hidden to all but those who have been instructed as to how and where to look for it She is ultimately trying to express divine truth and reveal a great deal about humanitys slow participation in the mystery of life Helmer 1 When speaking of Catholic writers OConnor believes that they are too concerned with presenting the Church in a favorable light and tending to their readers spiritual needs Instead OConnor stresses that writers must work within the limitations of their occupation to create the best story possible She says that the audience plays a crucial role in artistic creation and that writers always had to be aware of and to take account of their audience To OConnor successful writing was not a depiction of the artists vision but a depiction of it in such a way that the reader could understand it Brinkmeyer 165 Flannery OConnor said The novelist doesnt write to express himself he doesnt write simply to render a vision he believes true rather he renders his Guobaitis 2 vision so it can be transferred as nearly whole as possible to his reader Fitzgerald 204-205 Something that occurs repeatedly in the demands for
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