Saturday, October 12, 2019
A Habit of Being Great: Learning From Flannery O?Connor :: essays research papers fc
Ã¢â¬Å"There she stands, to me, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restore to honor to the wordÃ¢â¬ , this is how Sally Fitzgerald described her dear friend Mary Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor. (xii) Not to long ago, I read my first Mary Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor story and I came to view Mary Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor as an artist whose key subject was grace, but what are these stories, these works of art truly about, what is Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢ Connor trying to tell the readers. In order to interpret a story though the eyes of an author like Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor you must first look through the eyes of the author. You must see what he/she sees. It would be arrogant to believe that a person can truly understand another by studying them, but I have learned a great deal in trying to do so. Mary Flannery OÃ¢â ¬â¢Connor wrote about grace and salvation, and has taught me about finding truth; I attribute the lessons she has taught me to, the way she viewed herself, the way others viewed her, her writings, and many other effects. Mary Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor was confident, modest, and honest. She often criticized herself. She once referred to herself as Ã¢â¬Å"prematurely arrogantÃ¢â¬ in a letter to her friend, Paul Engle. (Fitzgerald 14) Ã¢â¬Å"Flannery described herself as a Ã¢â¬Ëpigeon-toed only child with a receding chin and a you-leave-me-alone-or-I'll-bite-you complex.Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬ (Wikipedia) Even with all of her self-critizism, she was self-confident. She was quite arrogant and lead her to write what I believe is her greatest work, Ã¢â¬Å"The Artifical NiggerÃ¢â¬ . Ã¢â¬Å"What she often described as proably the best thing she would ever write , Ã¢â¬ËThe Artifical NiggerÃ¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬âa story that she contains more than she herself ever understood.Ã¢â¬ (Fitzgerald xviii) She was witty and quick to tell you exactly what she thought. In OÃ¢â¬â¢ConnorÃ¢â¬â¢s letters she never lied not even to spare the feelings of those she was in correspondence with. She lived a seemly boring life, but was always lively and sharp until the day she died. Many people adored her and she adored them as well,but the person who knew OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor best would have to be Sally Fitzgerald. It is though her eyes that I see who the true Mary Flannery OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor was. It is clear that even though OÃ¢â¬â¢Connor lived a sheltered life she still was a people.