I’m Chris Larson, 19, an undergraduate studying philosophy at the University of Central Florida which got a good football team the same year I started there. Make of that what you will. I write about whatever crosses my mind, which is usually somewhere at the intersection of literature, theology, philosophy, and cultural criticism. I think I’m smarter than I actually am, and I apologize in advance for the times that bleeds through. I’m working on it.


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  1. This is a “bulls eye” analysis of Flannery O’Conner first published story, “The Geranium.” it was part of her MFA Thesis. She described it as her favorite. It is perhaps the best story foe newer readers to enter the O’Conner canon, as it mixes humor and irony. She likely got the inspiration for it while visiting New York (in about 1947-48) while working on getting her stories published. Besides what’s mentioned in the excellent review on this blog, is the idea of Dudley (does his name sound like a dud or a nothing?) is a misplaced person seeking to restore his sense of place and purpose in New York. Instead of supporting his irrational belief that New York could be much like rural Georgia. he chooses to see himself as a prisoner in a tenement jail. He declines every opportunity to receive God’s grace by denying the graciousness of his daughter and his African American neighbor. The geranium’s roots are exposed and being sapped of their life and energy in the end like Dudley. He lacks the power to save himself and the geranium because he is stuck in his racist fears and his inability to adapt to his new world.


    1. Thanks Murray for your kind comment! I think you’re exactly right about Dudley, and that’s a great approach to it. It also fits in with a major theme of O’Connor’s, which is the destruction of the main character’s self-perception. This reading of “The Geranium” emphasizes that more.

      Also, for those wondering, Murray is referring to this article: https://thereandblogagain.com/2014/05/14/control-and-geraniums-an-analysis-of-the-geranium-by-flannery-oconnor/


  2. I just began the full collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, and I’m pleased to discover your blog with all its analyses of her work. Your quotes page alone has assured me that I’m in the right place. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world, and with me. I look forward to reading more of your posts about O’Connor and more!


    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and finding it helpful. O’Connor is a fascinating figure, and her stories are phenomenal. I’ll hopefully have more analysis up soon—and if you have something you’d like me to talk about, just let me know.

      Thanks for reading!


  3. Hi ,I am teaching a class on Flannery O’Connor this summer, covering a few short stories each week. This week my class is discussing “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” One of the story’s themes is trust. The grandmother agrees with Reds statement that there isn’t anyone on God’s green earth that you can trust. She even adds that nobody is an exception to that statement. I will ask my students whether they agree or disagree with that statement. In the story, she preaches Christian values and is the least trustworthy character in the story. Trust can have both a positive and negative side. The Misfit cannot be trusted to meet the grandmother’s Christian perspectives, but within the world that he lives in, he is more consistent in his words and actions.After the grandmother recognized the Misfit, were his actions more understandable? By examining our reaction of these characters, we can definitely learn a lot about ourselves.


    1. Absolutely. I haven’t thought about it in precisely those terms, but it’s an interesting approach. I might differ just slightly, however. O’Connor once wrote that, “redemption is meaningless without a cause.” The Grandmother trusts her self-assessment that she is a good woman. In doing so, she rejects a central Christian doctrine–that we are not good in ourselves. She trusts herself too much, leading to self-deception.

      Nevertheless, that’s a fascinating approach. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment!


  4. Chris, who do you think the antagonist is in Flannery O’Connor’s The Turkey. I’m studying her stories now to try to improve my short story skills. Most of her stories seem to be about two or more quirky characters in conflict with one another/each other.


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