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Whose Deformity is the Most Serious Flannery O Connors noted religious work Wise Blood is the tale of the perplexing and trying theological journey of one of its principal characters Hazel Motes and the constant struggles of another chief personality Enoch Emery to gain acceptance into the local social structure The theme of physical and mental disfigurements in its main characters is utilized to create an interesting plot Despite the fact that Hazels malformations are far more serious than Enochs both characters posses significant deformities in their outer appearance and emotional stability Enochs disfigurements are critical due to their unorthodox and child-like nature but Hazels are greater in number and more relative to his existence Enoch Emerys emotional severe mental disfigurements lead to his rather odd physical deformities Enoch is driven by two distinct elements his instincts and his desire to be accepted into civilization These two factors attribute most to his defects His intuition causes him to believe that his blood is wise and can lead his life By bestowing his trust in his blood he often takes things too literally For instance Hazel Motes preaches that his religion desperately needs a new Jesus and Enoch perceiving this Jesus to be an actual being follows his instincts and brings Hazel a three-foot shrunken man whom he honestly believes to be the savior Before actually donating the messiah to Hazel Enochs blood directs him to clean his room in order to house Jesus This particular misconception may cause many readers to regard Enoch as rather insane but his actions but his most prominent deformity is his admiration for and eventual metamorphoses into a gorilla Consequently his attraction to the gorilla stems directly from his aspiration to be received in a welcoming manner by society He sees an assemblage of people waiting in a long line to shake hands with a man dressed in the costume of a noted primate
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