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The Violent Bear It Away Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Further Study

Do you think that Francis Tarwater is a true prophet, a madman, or something else? How do you think people can recognize when someone is a true prophet, if there is such a thing? Research the life of one of the biblical prophets mentioned in the novel (Moses, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist) and write a short essay about him. Do you see any parallels in the life of your chosen prophet and the life of Tarwater?

Research the Christian rite of baptism. What is the symbol of the rite, according to the Catholic Church? Is there any variation among the other sects of Christianity, such as Methodism or Lutheranism? What do you think O'Connor does when she uses drowning as a symbol for baptism in her novel? Write a short essay in which you discuss O'Connor's understanding and treatment of baptism in the novel.

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