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22nd Jun '13 12:44:55 PM Ghost101
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[[quoteright:309:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/oconnor_4938.jpg]] ->"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic." -->-- '''Flannery O'Connor''' Flannery O'Connor lived in rural Georgia in the middle of the 20th century and wrote two collections of extraordinarily grotesque...er..."realistic" short stories and two novels in the course of her very short life (she died in 1964 at the age of 39). From the mindset of her deep Catholic faith; her intimate and perceptive knowledge of the culture, mores, and personalities of the Deep South; and shaded by her long battle with lupus (which eventually killed her), she wove tales replete with deeply dysfunctional, highly flawed, and bizarre characters, many adhering to an unconventional or twisted form of fundamentalist Christianity. And many who died gruesome deaths. Though she was quite the orthodox and theologically sound Catholic believer, and a "fish out of water" in the mostly Protestant (and what she called "Christ-haunted") South, her cultish preachers, itinerant evangelists, and lay people were, in her mind, closer to the unadulterated core of the Christian faith than most "institutional" believers. This has often proved befuddling to more secular readers who tend to see these people as mere buffoons in contrast to the more level-headed liberal and irreligious characters, only to learn that, in O'Connorís mind, the "freaks" were the "heroes." Though her stories were full of symbolism and metaphor, O'Connor had little patience for those who tried to over-analyze what she saw as the clear message of her work. She was once asked, about her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," [[WildMassGuessing "what is the meaning of the Misfit's hat?"]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The question both confused and amused her.]] [[ShrugOfGod "To put on his head,"]] she replied. Despite her relatively small body of work, O'Connor is regarded as one of the most influential and talented American writers of the mid-20th Century. Her novel ''Literature/WiseBlood'' has its own page. ---- !!Associated Tropes: * BlackComedy * ComicallyMissingThePoint * CosmicHorrorStory: The ethos behind her work, that Faith can be horrifying and even damaging to Human sanity and yet is vital to the survival of the Human Spirit actually manages to turn Christianity itself into something that's almost Lovecraftian. ** Although there are some that say that is ''exactly'' what Christianity (and by extension, Judaism) are ''supposed'' to be; consider the [[EldritchAbomination descriptions of God and the angels]] in Literature/TheBible to get an idea. * CrapsackWorld * DeadpanSnarker: Flannery O'Connor herself, as well as many of her characters. * DeathEqualsRedemption: From the woman herself: "Lots of people die in my stories, but nobody gets hurt." * DeepSouth: Only one of O'Connor's stories takes place outside the South, and the main characters of that one are transplanted Southerners anyway. * DumbIsGood: "Everything That Rises Must Converge" deals with a conflict between an "enlightened" young man and his more down-to-earth mother. Naturally, the young man turns out to be an infantile hypocrite who justifies his pettiness with his "education." Some ValuesDissonance comes into play, too, since the sympathetic mother happens to be pretty blatantly racist. ** "The Enduring Chill" is similar, but Asbury is a fairly obvious poser even within his own social circle and his mother's reactionary attitudes are much less severe. Both are actually a lot more sympathetic than their counterparts in "Everything That Rises Must Converge". * EnfantTerrible: There are so many dreadful little monsters in her short stories [[spoiler: Steal from you? check. Burn down your farm? check. Talk your son into hanging himself? brrr. check.]] * ExecutiveMeddling: One of the only adaptations of her work O'Connor got to view first-hand in her lifetime was a dramatized version of the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" on CBS's ''Schlitz Playhouse''. Between the [[StuntCasting horrible miscasting]] of GeneKelly (!) as the lead, and the [[RevisedEnding revision of the ending]] to make it more palatable, it was a sure bet O'Connor would be mortified. "The best thing I can say is that it conceivably could have been worse," she wrote to a friend. "Just conceivably." * FriendlessBackground: [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Flannery herself.]] * ImpoverishedPatrician * IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted in "The Enduring Chill". [[spoiler: Joke's on you, Asbury.]] * InfantImmortality: Though "offscreen," this is subverted in [[spoiler: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." Three times.]] * JesusSaves * KarmaHoudini * KillEmAll: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," natch. * LaserGuidedKarma: Mrs May in "Greenleaf" is annoyed by her neighbour's bull and when it escapes onto her property, she orders its owner to kill it. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and instead it gores her to death.]] * MeaningfulName: A good many of her characters have symbolic names; some subtle, many blatantly so. * NWordPrivileges: Prolific use of the n-word in dialogue, but as a realistic depiction of the vernacular of the era and region. Even makes the title of one of her short stories ("The Artificial Nigger"). * RapePortrayedAsRedemption * ReiAyanamiExpy: Mrs. Freeman in "Good Country People" * ShootTheShaggyDog: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" is essentially this. * SouthernGothic ----
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[[quoteright:309:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/oconnor_4938.jpg]] ->"Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic." -->-- '''Flannery O'Connor''' Flannery O'Connor lived in rural Georgia in the middle of the 20th century and wrote two collections of extraordinarily grotesque...er..."realistic" short stories and two novels in the course of her very short life (she died in 1964 at the age of 39). From the mindset of her deep Catholic faith; her intimate and perceptive knowledge of the culture, mores, and personalities of the Deep South; and shaded by her long battle with lupus (which eventually killed her), she wove tales replete with deeply dysfunctional, highly flawed, and bizarre characters, many adhering to an unconventional or twisted form of fundamentalist Christianity. And many who died gruesome deaths. Though she was quite the orthodox and theologically sound Catholic believer, and a "fish out of water" in the mostly Protestant (and what she called "Christ-haunted") South, her cultish preachers, itinerant evangelists, and lay people were, in her mind, closer to the unadulterated core of the Christian faith than most "institutional" believers. This has often proved befuddling to more secular readers who tend to see these people as mere buffoons in contrast to the more level-headed liberal and irreligious characters, only to learn that, in O'Connorís mind, the "freaks" were the "heroes." Though her stories were full of symbolism and metaphor, O'Connor had little patience for those who tried to over-analyze what she saw as the clear message of her work. She was once asked, about her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," [[WildMassGuessing "what is the meaning of the Misfit's hat?"]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The question both confused and amused her.]] [[ShrugOfGod "To put on his head,"]] she replied. Despite her relatively small body of work, O'Connor is regarded as one of the most influential and talented American writers of the mid-20th Century. Her novel ''Literature/WiseBlood'' has its own page. ---- !!Associated Tropes: * BlackComedy * ComicallyMissingThePoint * CosmicHorrorStory: The ethos behind her work, that Faith can be horrifying and even damaging to Human sanity and yet is vital to the survival of the Human Spirit actually manages to turn Christianity itself into something that's almost Lovecraftian. ** Although there are some that say that is ''exactly'' what Christianity (and by extension, Judaism) are ''supposed'' to be; consider the [[EldritchAbomination descriptions of God and the angels]] in Literature/TheBible to get an idea. * CrapsackWorld * DeadpanSnarker: Flannery O'Connor herself, as well as many of her characters. * DeathEqualsRedemption: From the woman herself: "Lots of people die in my stories, but nobody gets hurt." * DeepSouth: Only one of O'Connor's stories takes place outside the South, and the main characters of that one are transplanted Southerners anyway. * DumbIsGood: "Everything That Rises Must Converge" deals with a conflict between an "enlightened" young man and his more down-to-earth mother. Naturally, the young man turns out to be an infantile hypocrite who justifies his pettiness with his "education." Some ValuesDissonance comes into play, too, since the sympathetic mother happens to be pretty blatantly racist. ** "The Enduring Chill" is similar, but Asbury is a fairly obvious poser even within his own social circle and his mother's reactionary attitudes are much less severe. Both are actually a lot more sympathetic than their counterparts in "Everything That Rises Must Converge". * EnfantTerrible: There are so many dreadful little monsters in her short stories [[spoiler: Steal from you? check. Burn down your farm? check. Talk your son into hanging himself? brrr. check.]] * ExecutiveMeddling: One of the only adaptations of her work O'Connor got to view first-hand in her lifetime was a dramatized version of the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" on CBS's ''Schlitz Playhouse''. Between the [[StuntCasting horrible miscasting]] of GeneKelly (!) as the lead, and the [[RevisedEnding revision of the ending]] to make it more palatable, it was a sure bet O'Connor would be mortified. "The best thing I can say is that it conceivably could have been worse," she wrote to a friend. "Just conceivably." * FriendlessBackground: [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Flannery herself.]] * ImpoverishedPatrician * IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted in "The Enduring Chill". [[spoiler: Joke's on you, Asbury.]] * InfantImmortality: Though "offscreen," this is subverted in [[spoiler: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." Three times.]] * JesusSaves * KarmaHoudini * KillEmAll: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," natch. * LaserGuidedKarma: Mrs May in "Greenleaf" is annoyed by her neighbour's bull and when it escapes onto her property, she orders its owner to kill it. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and instead it gores her to death.]] * MeaningfulName: A good many of her characters have symbolic names; some subtle, many blatantly so. * NWordPrivileges: Prolific use of the n-word in dialogue, but as a realistic depiction of the vernacular of the era and region. Even makes the title of one of her short stories ("The Artificial Nigger"). * RapePortrayedAsRedemption * ReiAyanamiExpy: Mrs. Freeman in "Good Country People" * ShootTheShaggyDog: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" is essentially this. * SouthernGothic ----[[redirect:Creator/FlanneryOConnor]]
29th Aug '12 7:49:07 PM Cider
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* CosmicHorror: The ethos behind her work, that Faith can be horrifying and even damaging to Human sanity and yet is vital to the survival of the Human Spirit actually manages to turn Christianity itself into something that's almost Lovecraftian.
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* CosmicHorror: CosmicHorrorStory: The ethos behind her work, that Faith can be horrifying and even damaging to Human sanity and yet is vital to the survival of the Human Spirit actually manages to turn Christianity itself into something that's almost Lovecraftian.
28th Aug '12 6:07:29 AM 05tele
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Mrs May in "Greenleaf" is annoyed by her neighbour's bull and when it escapes onto her property, she orders its owner to kill it. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and instead it gores her to death.]]
17th Aug '12 5:41:12 AM allboyband
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Though her stories were full of symbolism and metaphor, O'Connor had little patience for those who tried to over-analyze what she saw as the clear message of her work. She was once asked, about her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," [[WildMassGuessing "what is the meaning of the Misfit's hat?"]] The question both confused and amused her. [[ShrugOfGod "To put on his head,"]] she replied.
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Though her stories were full of symbolism and metaphor, O'Connor had little patience for those who tried to over-analyze what she saw as the clear message of her work. She was once asked, about her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," [[WildMassGuessing "what is the meaning of the Misfit's hat?"]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic The question both confused and amused her. her.]] [[ShrugOfGod "To put on his head,"]] she replied.
6th Aug '12 8:21:59 AM Stanislav
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* ExecutiveMeddling: One of the only adaptations of her work O'Connor got to view first-hand in her lifetime was a dramatized version of the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" on CBS's ''Schlitz Playhouse''. Between the [[StuntCasting horrible miscasting]] of GeneKelly (!) as the lead, and the [[RevisedEnding revision of the ending]] to make it more palatable, it was a sure bet O'Connor would be mortified. "The best thing I can say is that it conceivably could have been worse," she wrote to a friend. "Just conceivably."

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* MeaningfulNameMeaningfulName: A good many of her characters have symbolic names; some subtle, many blatantly so.
23rd Jul '12 12:03:47 PM Nocturna
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Rape As Redemption to Rape Portrayed As Redemption per the Rape Tropes Special Efforts thread
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* RapeAsRedemptionRapePortrayedAsRedemption
2nd Jul '12 3:27:57 PM Izzhov
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* Rei Ayanami Expy: Mrs. Freeman in "Good Country People"
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* Rei Ayanami Expy: ReiAyanamiExpy: Mrs. Freeman in "Good Country People"
2nd Jul '12 3:26:06 PM Izzhov
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* Rei Ayanami Expy: Mrs. Freeman in "Good Country People"
21st Jun '12 4:31:44 AM Sheora
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'''Tropes displayed in her short stories:'''
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'''Tropes displayed in her short stories:'''!!Associated Tropes:

* InfantImmortality: Though "offscreen," this is brutally subverted in [[spoiler: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." Three times.]]
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* InfantImmortality: Though "offscreen," this is brutally subverted in [[spoiler: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find." Three times.]]
18th Jun '12 8:36:54 PM karategal
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