Monday, October 19, 2020

Adult Faith Formation, October 15th, Flannery O'Connor, Session 5 - A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Essays (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

In this series, we are reading various short stories of Flannery O'Connor. This week, we look at what is probably her most well known and praised story - "A Good Man is Hard to Find." We also consider her reflections on being a Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South.

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Flannery O’Connor

Session 5: A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Essays

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”


October 22nd – A View of the Woods, and The River

October 29th – The Artificial N*****, and Wildcat


Themes in A Good Man is Hard to Find

A. Division in family life: Grandmother and son, parents and children, brother and           sister.

B. Division in society: Black and white, rich and poor, criminal and innocent

C. Violence as a moment of grace


Themes in The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South

A. Imagination and religious life

B. Writing from the experience of real life and real culture

C. Southern imagination is formed from Scripture, which makes the South a perfect place for the Catholic Novelist.

D. Incarnational vision of religion and grace

E. A Catholic Novel does not need to be about Catholic life or Catholic culture


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