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Dark Like Blood

Out of Sight

"His face seemed to reflect the entire distance across the clearing and on beyond,
the entire distance that extended from his eyes to the blank gray sky
that went on, depth after depth, into space" (118).

Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952)


Points of Reflection

The Bible: Mark 8:22-25

1. in Mark 8:22-25, why does the man gifted with new vision initially fail to recognize the humans around him as . . . humans? Has Jesus made an error?


The Bible:
Acts 9:1-19

1. who speaks to Saul on the road to Damascus (v.5), and why does he target Saul, of all people (v.13-16)?

2. why might Saul not eat or drink for three days following this encounter?

3. why a loss of sight, as opposed to some other temporary disability? Conceivably, Saul could have been made deaf or mobility impaired, instead of blind . . .

4. what else is gained along with Saul's sight, when Ananias places his hands on Saul?


Salvador Dalí's The Endless Enigma (1938)

1. how many object configurations can you identify in this painting?

2. do these various images seem thematically interrelated, or random and unconnected?

3. does a painting like this make you trust your sight more, or less?


Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952), chps 8-13

1. why did Haze want to seduce Sabbath Lily Hawks, originally, and what has made him change his mind?

2. what is Asa Hawks’s endgame? Is he running towards something, or away from something?

3. Haze boasts that his Church Without Christ will offer its members what?

4. why does Haze react so . . . intensely to the new Prophet hired by Hoover Shoats (94-95, 114-15)

5. why does Hazel attempt to abandon blasphemy as a root to salvation (116)?


Paranoic Critical Solitude
"Paranoic Critical Solitude" (1935)
Salvador Dalí



Dr. Paul Marchbanks
pmarchba@calpoly.edu