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Most of O'Connor's fiction involves God and religion in some way. She created characters and put them in situations which convey her message that human beings are trapped in their selfish, petty worlds and often overlook opportunities for understanding and connection; they miss out on love. Central to O'Connor's theology is the idea of grace, that God's love and forgiveness are available to people in everyday life. Some have defined grace in O'Connor's fiction as the moment in a human being's life when a power from the outside intervenes in a situation. O'Connor's stories almost always teach by negative example; her characters are often too selfish or unobservant to see the acts of grace in everyday experience. She used violence in her fiction to grab the characters' attention, because she believed that people needed to be coerced into noticing God's presence in the modern world. She...

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