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The short story can be one of the trickiest forms of literature around Because the author is faced with the challenge of concluding the story quickly he or she must be selective in their choice of words in order to convey the point that they are trying to make In order to do this the talented author will use every element of the story to assist in the telling of the story Flannery OConnors Revelation is a fine example of the use of all these elements She completes the thoughts and ideas by using the plot characters setting point of view symbolism style and theme to reveal a lot about the story without having to use a great deal of description The end result is a dynamic story written in the most compact form While OConnor brilliantly uses all the elements in Revelation to her advantage her choice of settings is one part that significantly drives home the theme of the story When reading the story Revelation by Flannery OConnor the reader must consider the settings as one of the most important elements This story basically has two different settings The first is the doctors office waiting room and the other is the pig parlor Oddly these settings have many parallels which may or may not be obvious to the reader When observed in detail the similarities in these two settings serve to reinforce the meaning of the overall work The story begins in the waiting room of a doctors office This room is very small and is described as inadequate and ridiculous Meyer 340 The space is furnished with six chairs and a sofa all of which encompass a magazine table in the middle Upon entering the room Ruby Turpin the protagonist and a large woman made the room look even smaller by her presence Meyer 340 This small room requires the people to sit closer and interact in an environment which normally
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