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Title: Violence As the Road to Transformation: O'Connor's
Authors: Hsiu-chih Tsai
Contributors: 國立臺灣海洋大學:海洋文化研究所
Date: 2004
Issue Date: 2018-06-06T05:51:37Z
Abstract: Abstract: This paper attempts to explicate the function of violence and its relation to the possible epiphany and transformation trajectory in Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." I would first remodel the Greimassian semiotic method to analyze the expressions and functions of violence in the narrative, especially, in the concepts, behaviors and responses of the two main characters—the grandmother and The Misfit. I would argue that, in this story, the function of violence helps build up a discrete trajectory of passion modes and delineate a possible mental transformation of the two main characters. Secondly, the grandmother's possible transformation process after the car accident and the following violent massacre of the Bailey family will be discussed. Finally, I would take the violent performance in O'Connor's story as a strategic application, which O'Connor adopts to help reveal the grandmother's and the Misfit's concepts constructed loosely upon a layer of culturally set religious and secular beliefs. This culturally embedded reality (which mistakes manners as morals and faith) incurs the very destruction of its groundwork, dilutes the violence resulted from social maladjustment, and furthermore, diminishes the shock behind the downfall of a family.
URI: http://ntour.ntou.edu.tw:8080/ir/handle/987654321/46816
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