Three by Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood ; the Violent Bear It Away ; Everything That Rises Must Converge Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock?

Mrs. Wally Bee Hitchcock is a woman that Hazel Motes meets on the train on his way home from the army. Mrs. Hitchcock is friendly and eager to start a conversation with Motes, who finds her quite annoying. He refuses to answer any of Mrs. Hitchcock's questions, instead demanding to know whether or not Mrs. Hitchcock is "redeemed".

2. What was Motes' reaction when he was drafted to the army?

All throughout his life, Motes was sure that he would grow up to be a preacher, just like his grandfather. But then, at the age of eighteen, Motes was drafted into the army. He decided to serve and brought his grandfather's Bible and his mother's reading glasses with him. He served in the army for four years before returning home.

3. What state is Motes' house in when he returns home from the army?

When Motes returns home from the army, his house is completely overrun with weeds. The house it completely abandoned except for one armoire which has a note from his mother attached to it, threatening death to whomever tries to steal the furniture. Motes has no idea where his family has gone to, and feels completely depressed and lonely.

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