Wise Blood Themes

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God and Religion

Christ's redemption of humanity comprises the main theme of Wise Blood. The characters exhibit the qualities of people who have a misdirected sense of spiritual purpose, if they have any spiritual purpose at all. Motes, for example, endeavors to turn his back on his strict religious background by publicly denouncing Christ, engaging in illicit sex, and establishing the "Church Without Christ." Other characters, such as Shoats and Hawks, use religion as a means of making money. Yet as strongly as Motes denies Christ's presence in his life he cannot resist Christ's salvation in the end.

Change and Transformation

Two characters in Wise Blood undergo changes that directly reflect the book's major themes. According to Erik Nielsen in New Orleans Review, Motes experiences several obvious transformations throughout the novel, while Mrs. Flood's single metamorphos1S culminates the story. Motes's first transformation occurs when he dec1des in...

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