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Flannery OConnor was born in Savannah Georgia on March 25 1925 Her Southern upbringing had a major influence on her writing and is shown clearly in her short story Revelation At the time of her childhood most whites in the South were very prejudiced towards people of other races and lifestyles The general idea was that the less fortunate were of a lesser social and personal quality resulting in a caste-like system of social labeling and stereotyping OConnors childhood provided her the characteristics that she needed for her writing This is easily identified in her short story Revelation where the characters are defined by their physical racial and economical standings Ruby Turpin the main character in Revelation displays both prejudiced and racial behavior The story starts with Mrs Turpin and her injured husband Claud entering their doctors waiting room Mrs Turpin immediately analyzes and classifies the people around her by their appearance and other physical characteristics She uses labels like higher-class ugly and white-trashy 411 When in conversation she refers to her black workers she often uses the word nigger intra-communitivly and verbally This manner of speaking shows the Southern lifestyle in which Flannery OConnor was raised There were other influences in this story besides her Southern upbringing She was inflicted with the Lupus disease a condition that caused her to use a degree of violence and anger in her stories making them somewhat negative Despite her physical ailments OConnor remained steadfastly proud of who she was In relation Mrs Turpin in Revelation had also a positive disposition Though they both are far from perfect they are similarly happy to be themselves This is shown in Revelation when Ruby is listening to the Gospel song playing on the radio in the background of the doctors office Mrs Turpins heart rose Jesus had not made her a nigger or white-trash or ugly He had made her herself and given her a little of everything Jesus thank
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