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The Facade of Tattoos In Parkers Back by Flannery OConnor the tattoos OE Parker receives are crucial to the readers understanding of him Furthermore OConnor suggests them as major symbols throughout Parkers life Parker the main character in this story goes through the actions of life without really knowing who he is and why he is on the earth Parker gradually experiences religious conversion and though tattooed all over the front of his body is drawn to having a Byzantine tattoo of Christ placed on his back OConnor was using unusual symbols to convey her sense of the mystery of Gods redemptive power Shackelford p 1800 Because of the tattoos the reader is able to see OConnor reveal the major characteristics in Parkers life and sympathize with this man as he searches for his identity and finds God First of all in order to understand OConnors short story the reader must look into the background of her life Parkers Back was the last story written by OConnor before she died at the early age of thirty-nine from the disease of Lupus Her writings all reflect from her religious background of Catholicism OConnor wrote brilliant stories that brought the issue of religious faith into clear dramatic focus She was a devout Roman Catholic living in predominantly Protestant rural Georgia Her stories are far from pious in fact their mode is usually shocking and often bizarre Yet the religious issues they raise are central to her work Drake online vertical file-------------------------------- Time and again in her stories the spokesmen for a self-satisfied secularism run afoul of representatives of the God-haunted protagoniststhey play an indispensable rolethey act as spiritual catalystsCLC p276 To even the casual reader it would appear that Miss OConnor really had only one story to tell and really only one main character This principal character is of course Jesus Christ and her one story is mans absolutely crucial encounter with Him Drake p273 Being
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