Three by Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood ; the Violent Bear It Away ; Everything That Rises Must Converge Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Wise Blood

• The book begins with "Wise Blood", as Hazel Motes returns home after a four-year stint in the army. On the train, he attempts to ignore the conversations of a particularly chatty passenger named Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock. Eventually, he excuses himself to speak with the porter, but the porter isn't interested in the conversation.

• When Motes returns from the porter's, he begins aggressively asking passengers whether or not they've been redeemed and says that if they have, he has no interest in it. Then, he falls asleep in the sleeping train and has many vivid dreams including one about his father's funeral.

• When Motes left for the army, all he brought with him was his grandfather's Bible and his mother's reading glasses. Not long after joining the army, he began extending invitations to his fellow soldiers to come visit him in his hometown of Eastrod, Tennessee...

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