Wise Blood Essay

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In the following excerpt, Ciuba examines how most of the characters in Wise Blood are unable to look beyond the surface of people and things. Only Hazel Motes, who himself begins by Judging people at "face value, " learns how to look beyond the literal and thus understand the divine nature of the universe.

In Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor continually seems to stare at the faces of her characters. She does not Just describe and constantly refer to the faces of Haze Motes and his fellow sinners with the hard, sharp eye that served her as a cartoonist in college and with the deep awareness that produced a haunting self-portrait with peacock in later life. She also focuses in vivid detail on the nameless faces of minor figures whose very existence in the novel depends on their description as they are suddenly caught by O'Connor in close-up. Enoch Emery...

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