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Two Sides to Every Story Flannery OConnors short story Revelation is the perfect example of dramatic irony OConnor gives us the reader an insight into two sides of the central character Ruby Turpin Ruby Turpin sees herself as a kind person with a good disposition As a reader we can see a very different side of Ruby Turpin Ruby Turpin sees herself as a respectable hard-working church-going woman Pg 989 Ruby Turpin measures all things and sees all people through the frame of her own ego Ruby likes to wonder what type of person she would have chosen to be if she couldnt have been herself She would have wiggled and squirmed and begged and pleaded Pg 981 not to have been made a nigger or white trash Pg 981 Another of her intellectual hobbies is to classify others OConnor writes Mrs Turpin occupied herself at night naming the classes of people Pg 981 Ruby Turpins classifications of others are based solely on her standards of acceptability She is especially critical of blacks and people she sees as poor white trash On Ruby Turpins social scale colored people are on the bottom of the heap Pg 981 Then next to them--not above just away from--were the white trash then above them were the home-owners and above them the home-and-land owners to which she and Claud belonged Above she and Claud were people with a lot of money and much bigger houses and much more land Pg 981-982 Ruby Turpin clings to her good works and her social class as a badge of worthiness She says her philosophy of life is to help anybody out that needed it Pg 985 She never spared herself when she found somebody in need whether they were white or black trash or decent Pg 985 Flannery OConnor uses the hog as a symbol of unredeemed human nature Just as no amount of cleansing will ever change the essence
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