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Flannery OConnor became an established Southern writer noted for her themes of the crumbling South and its values Her short stories reflected upon the changing and declining times in the southern US focusing on themes of religion racism and declining morals among others Her works are greatly open for interpretation and analysis and offer a unique style and humor distinctive to her writing She is a very captivating author to study One of the first things that jumped out about Flannery OConnor is in the prelude to the casebook It says While acknowledging that there is usually more than one way to read a story she OConnor also stated that there was only one way she could have possibly written it Whats really interesting about that quote is that she is saying that many different things can be extrapolated from hers or any authors work for that matter but when a writer creates something he or she really has only certain things in mind Its this very general principle that makes literature so fascinating and open for people like us to analyze Most good literature is considered good because of the meanings themes and ideas it brings about Many of these ideas were intentional by the author but a good bit are also simply discovered and pulled out of the text rationally Literature isnt an exact science with figures to compare data to observe or calculations to complete Its open ended without definite lines or boundaries and thats what gives literature such a deep appreciation and importance Moving on in her essay titled Writing Short Stories OConnor makes a commentary about Franz Kafkas The Metamorphosis Since we read that short story last year far more meaning is given to her statement prior to that paragraph saying that the greater the storys strain on credulity the more convincing the properties in it have to be On the exterior The Metamorphosis has quite an exotic plot A
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