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This essay can be read as a ‘biography’ and half an analysis of some portions of Flannery O’Connor’s of her life and of her work. In the essay, Hilton Als perceives O’Connor as an intelligent, sophisticated, fickle, but ultimately complex woman who writes works relying on her religious viewpoint, the place in which she lives (the setting), and strange characters that she writes about. He departsĀ from his usual narrative approach by giving the reader a chance to view the thoughts of O’Connor via story samples. Along the same line, he also gives examples of direct quotes from O’Connor herself that gives the reader a clue on her as a person. Much of the essay has an analytical note about O’Connor’s style and own self, such as Als describing her way of writing humor in her stories and her ability to talk about the bourgeoisie.

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