Even Mr. Shortley associates the Guizacs with the victims of the World War II death camps, pictures of which she saw in local newsreels; she fears that the Guizacs might be capable of committing the same acts of violence against others. She even imagines that the priest who arranges for the Guizacs to come to the farm is an evil force who came "to plant the Whore of Babylon in the midst of the righteous. Because Mr.
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She was writing, revising, and sending out stories almost to the last moment of her life. This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the word I see in relation to that. For her this meant showing the darkest sides of human existence along with the possibility of human redemption.
She resisted pressure from other Catholics to write less brutal, happier stories. In "The Fiction Writer" she also said, "Redemption is meaningless unless there is cause for it in the life we live […]" source: Collected Works , In other words, she saw lots of bad things going on around her, lots of people acting in "evil" ways. In her eyes, this entire world was in need of redemption though her focus was on the American South.
She approached her task with the belief that life and religion are full of mystery. Like most good fiction, it asks at least as many questions as it answers. Her views on her own work should be used as a basic foundation for reading her, but not as the end of interpretive possibilities.
Now, now. You see, we were just a bit behind on all the fads. We wore bell-bottoms for just a few too many years. And we were tucking our jeans into our boots when it was not the way of the world. Long story short: when it came to fashion, we were just… different from all the other cool kids.
And being different made for some pretty unhappy times. Like a bunch of snooty wildebeest, humans are essentially herd animals. The cost of discrimination is high, though—in the story and in real life. The Displaced Person Resources.
Flannery O'Connor's Stories Summary and Analysis of "The Displaced Person"
McIntyre and the woman who works on her farm, Mrs. Shortley, are watching as the Guizac family arrives to work on the farm. The new family, whose arrival has been organized by a priest, Father Flynn, is Polish and has been displaced due to the war. Father Flynn marvels at the peacock that has followed Mrs.
O'Connor's Short Stories
What is clear to the reader is that in all sections there is a sense of irony, with both Mrs Shortley and Mrs McIntyre both ending up being the displaced person and in all sections it is again clear to the reader the level of racism that both characters have towards Mr Guizac and black people. In the first section the reader is aware that Mrs Shortley never calls Mr Guizac by his name, rather he is known as Gobblehooks. This is important as it is through the lack of calling Mr Guizac by his proper name that the reader realises that Mrs Shortley is belittling him. This is not the only occasion that Mrs Shortley belittles or is racist towards Astor and Sulk. First she sees Mrs McIntyre as being at the top of that order being the owner of the farm and then herself and her husband next being white , followed by Astor and Sulk both black. Suddenly Mrs Shortley and her husband appear to be dispensable.