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Article Title

Shock Therapy Salvation

Faculty Mentors

Sandra Dimon

Abstract

Flannery O'Connor saw mankind as consumed with self-righteous disposition and self-preoccupation, making it necessary to use powerful and graphic descriptions to capture the average individual's attention. She was a writer with a mission: a mission that demanded the undivided attention of her readers. She was adamant in her determination to reach what she saw as a lost and morally decaying world. Mindful of the intense changes taking place in America during the late 1950's and early 1960's-feminist movements, the Beatles, and free love, to name a few-she saw the secular world as presenting many obstacles to living a spiritual life. O'Connor used the medium of the written word to deliver shocking and violent revelations to allow personal spiritual assessment and enlightenment to the gift of grace.

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