Flannery O'Conner's southern children as prophets
Carroll, Linda Sue Cole
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Purpose of the study: This thesis was undertaken for the purpose of examining how the South's religious zealousness commixes with O'Connor's prophetic vision of the artist to converge in O'Connor's portrayal of children. Procedure : Professional exegeses about O'Connor's short stories, "A Temple of the Holy Ghost," "The River," and "The Lame Shall Enter First," and her novel, The Violent Bear it Away, interfused with O'Connor's own reflections in an effort to accurately interpret the "truth" in O'Connor's children. Findings: O'Connor's children exemplify the South's religious attitude and O'Connor's prophetic intent. Conclusion: O'Connor's children do not function as "archetypal figures for a confused age" (Witham 12): instead, they function as prophets to lead the reader toward the "truth" of life as O'Connor saw it.