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Claire Kahane sums up Flannery OConnors writings by saying that her characters reflect a hostile nature and even the Christ is an ultimately threatening figure320 She defines the devil as an evil intelligence determined on its own supremacy320 In her writings she also has the characters seem as though they were smug with their own supremacy The characters efforts in the story show their confidence in their on human nature The characters in her stories over and over show their values in life through their actions in the story The characters are usually brought back to reality by some force that acts upon them Violence is usually portrayed in these scenes as in OConnors story Revelation when the ugly girl throws the book at Mrs Turpin and begins to choke her This act was trying to bring Mrs Turpin back to reality to show her how she was looking at the world and her way of looking at things is wrongSuzanne Paulson writes on OConners story The Life You Save May Be Your Own She brings attention to a character called Mrs Crater She is a toothless mother and is known to be aggressive wooden phallic and unfeeling323 In this story she lives with her handicapped daughter who is being approached to be married by a vagabond As the Vagabond talks with Mrs Crater Mrs Crater shows her intelligence by answering the gentlemans questions with a repetitive Thats right Thats right show Mrs Craters intelligence and her limited human response The vagabond gets wind of the con to have him marry Mrs Craters daughter and rides off to the next town with the family and priest seeking justice on him
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