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.
"Shock Therapy Salvation,"
The Corinthian: Vol. 8
, Article 14.
Available at: https://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol8/iss1/14