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The society of the South is such that there has always been a large gap in the classes of wealth position education and general welfare The gap began with slavery and the pattern has endured for a long time despite attempts to create opportunities for the lower classes The majority of the population has little money poor education and lives in squalor while a select few are privileged enough to have whatever they could ever need or want Privileged they are indeed whether they have been blessed with intelligence or property It is this privilege that many people have taken for granted however as they do not use this opportunity of what they have been given to help those that are not so fortunate Flannnery OConnor addressed this neglect with her short stories attempting to bring to the attention of the elite their folly and impending doom as they would be judged one day and most likely found guilty She specifically addresses two groups intellectuals and the well-landed and uses characterization and plot to say to them that they are in danger of judgment and should be accountable for their actionsThe first group to be discussed intellectuals are perhaps the less malicious of the two Mankind has come to put more and more faith in human reason and intelligence rather than the supreme goodness of God We have put unquestioning belief in human intelligence It has been achieved by discrediting the Bible teaching evolution in schools and societys continued worship of wealth and fame Most recently believing intelligence to be the only redeeming quality of people is a blatant example of this transfer of faith The intellectual has come to garnish much respect to the point that the word of scientists has taken over the word of God OConnor sees the intellectual as one who has received of the grace of God but has used it for the wrong purposes In The Peeler Hazel Motes
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