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Sexuality in Wiseblood That Heinous Beast Sexuality In the novel Wiseblood by Flannery OConnor one finds an unpleasant almost antagonistic view of sexuality The author seems to regard sex as an evil and harps on this theme throughout the novel Each sexual incident which occurs in the novel is tainted with grotesquem Different levels of the darker side of sexuality are exposed from perversion to flagrant displays of nudity It serves to give the novel a bit of a moralistic overtone The Carnival Episode illustrated Hazels first experience with sexuality The author depicts an incident surrounded by an aura of sinfulness Indeed the shows promoter claims that it is SINsational In his anxiousness to view the sideshow Haze resorted to lying about his age He was that eager to see it When he enters the tent Haze observes the body of an obese naked woman squirming in a casket lined with black cloth He leaves the scene quickly This first bout with sexuality was certainly a grotesque one and one which perhaps helped fortify his resolve not to experiment with sex for years to come Haze reacted to the incident on different levels Before watching the show he was filled with curiosity So badly he wanted to view this EXclusive show After glancing at the body he first thought that it was a skinned animal When he realized what it was he at once left the tent ashamed and perhaps frightened of the object before his eyes Hazels reaction was not unnatural The sight with which he was confronted would invoke both fear and embarassment within most ten-year-olds Not only was the body nude but it was inside a casket as well The author parallels this vulgar display of sexuality with death itself But Hazel reacted to more than just the sight of the object He at once realizes that he was not supposed to watch the naked lady that
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