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- Well written-Good points A Critical Analysis of Revelation by Flannery OConnor Flannery OConnors background influenced her to write the short story Revelation One important influence on the story is her Southern upbringing During her lifetime Southerners were very prejudiced towards people of other races and lifestyles They believed that people who were less fortunate were inferior to them therefore people were labeled as different things and placed into different social classes The South provided OConnor with the images she needed for her characters Similarly this can easily be identified in her short story Revelation The characters in the story are identified by physical characteristics and some are even identified with racial terms The main character in the story is actually prejudiced and makes many statements using racial jargon For example Mrs Turpin the main character refers to the higher class woman as well-dressed and pleasant She also labels the teenage girl as ugly and the poor woman as white-trashy When Mrs Turpin converse with her black workers she often uses the word nigger in her thoughts These characteristics she gives her characters definitely reveals the Southern lifestyle which the author Flannery OConnor was a part of In addition to her Southern upbringing another influence on the story is Flannery OConnors illness She battled with the lupus disease which has caused her to use a degree of violence and anger to make her stories somewhat unhappy The illness caused a sadness inside of Flannery OConnor and that inner sadness flowed from her body to her paper through her pen Although she was sick OConnor still felt proud to be who she was By comparison Mrs Turpin in Revelation has a good disposition about herself She is far from perfect yet she is happy to be who she is Perhaps the most important influence on the story is religion In the words of Robert McCown OConnors writing was mainly generated by a
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