ENGB34 Lec 1 Notes

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Published on 10 Jul 2012
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UTSC
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English
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ENGB34
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OLD ENGB34 Notes
Lecture 1
“Plots are, indeed, what we see with” – Eudora Welty
A Good Man is Hard to Find
o By Flannery O’ Connor
Lived from 1925-1964
Born in 1925 in Savannah, Georgia (moved to Milledgeville due to
father’s illness)
She had rigorous Catholic upbringing
Received MFA (1946) from U of Iowa
In 1950, fell ill w/ disease that killed her father (lupus) and returned to
Mville
Wrote, raised peacocks
Posthumously received National Book Award for Complete Stories (1971)
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” appeared in collection of the same name in
1953
o O’Connor and the Ideal vs. The Real
The Grandmother and “seeing with plots” (616-621)
The threat of the misfit (616): uses a story to selfishly manipulate
her son
The idealization of the past I (people) (618-19): story of Mr. Edgar
Atkins Teagarden
The idealization of the past II (place) (617018): beauty of Georgie
The Grandmother and the Parable
Grandmother’s self-interest brings wrath of misfit on the family
o The “old plantation” takes them off course
o Her “revelation” and Pitty Sing causes the accident
o Post-accident, she stood up and waved both arms
dramatically to attract their attention
o She recognizes misfit, sealing her fate
What is the Misfit’s motivation/rationale for his brutally violent actions?
What does grandmother encounter in the misfit?
Ultimate selfishness
Firming of identification with being “a lady”
Her foil
Why does O’Connor tell story that stages such a horrifying encounter?
Force us to reflect as readers
Reader as judge
Reader as meaning-maker
The Touch (when she calls the misfit her own son): Dynamic or Static
Dominant view (dynamic): Touch is an act of grace. Grace is
“underserved” mercy (made possible by Christ’s sacrifice) through
which the sinner is redeemed. Here, grace passes from God to the
grandmother to The Misfit
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Plots are, indeed, what we see with eudora welty. A good man is hard to find: by flannery o" connor. Born in 1925 in savannah, georgia (moved to milledgeville due to father"s illness) Received mfa (1946) from u of iowa. In 1950, fell ill w/ disease that killed her father (lupus) and returned to. Posthumously received national book award for complete stories (1971) A good man is hard to find appeared in collection of the same name in. The grandmother and seeing with plots (616-621) The threat of the misfit (616): uses a story to selfishly manipulate her son. The idealization of the past i (people) (618-19): story of mr. edgar. The idealization of the past ii (place) (617018): beauty of georgie. Firming of identification with being a lady . The touch (when she calls the misfit her own son): dynamic or static. Dominant view (dynamic): touch is an act of grace.

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