Flannery O'Connor Group
"'Nobody with a good car needs to be justified'" (64).
Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952)
to Path 2 prompts should deliver a structured, narrow argument
in only 400-500 words, one you publish on Blackboard by
11:59 p.m. on Friday. Arguments should
evince creativity and organization, support their claims with detailed
evidence ( incl. page citations), and show signs of careful revision. Remember too that whether I happen to agree or not with your thesis matters little, as long as it is sufficiently supported and logically, persuasively rendered.
Some of the strongest essays will incorporate ideas from path 2 essays written by your peers and/or pertinent path 1 discussions and topics, though neither is required.
Four: Wise Blood (1952), chps 1-8
one: what about Haze’s appearance, posture, and behavior suggests he is torn between competing impulses?
- option two: is Haze a “dead man walking” of sorts? Does O’Connor associate him as much with death as with life?
- option three: what drives Enoch Emery? What does he desire most?
- option four: do Haze and Enoch share a similar religious background?
- option five: what particular elements of Christian thought does Haze Motes attempt to reject?
- option six: what words do O’Connor’s characters use most frequently when cursing? Why might this be?
- option seven: what narrative functions do physical disabilities serve in Flannery O’Connor’s tale?
- option eight: is Asa Hawks a blind seer? Does he articulate truths that others ignore?
- option nine: how pivotal are characters’ acts of looking, gazing, and staring within this story’s structure?
- option ten: is Enoch’s “wise blood” best described as intuition, idiocy, spiritual compulsion, or something else? Is he a simpleton? Is he "touched"?
- option eleven: which of Enoch’s compulsions seem utterly ridiculous and intended to elicit the reader’s laughter, and which of them seem somehow, oddly serious?
- option twelve: which elements of Haze’s preaching resemble that of traditional Christian preaching, and which elements differ?
- option thirteen: why does Haze stay with Leora Watts as long as he does?
- option fourteen: what practical and symbolic functions does Haze's car serve?
- option fifteen: what questions rise up in Haze’s mind when presented with the enigma that is Asa Hawks?
Week Five: Wise Blood, chps 9-14
one: why did Haze want to seduce Sabbath Lily Hawks, and what has made him change his mind?
- option two: what is Asa Hawks’s endgame? Is he running towards something, or away from something?
- option three: Haze boasts that his Church Without Christ will offer its members what?
- option four: why does Haze react so . . . intensely to the new Prophet hired by Hoover Shoats (94-95, 114-15)?
- option five: why does Hazel attempt to abandon blasphemy as a means to salvation (116)?
- option six: why is Hazel's landlady so uncomfortable thinking about blindness (119)?
- option seven: what is Hazel's landlady after--why does she stick so closely to Haze? Does her motivation change over time?
- option eight: by what kind of life philosophy does Hazel's landlady live (123 mid, 124-25)?
- option nine: what act of penance does Haze take, an act which resembles what he did as a kid after attending a carnival peep show?
- option ten: what does Hazel Motes mean when he maintains that the barbed wire around his chest is "natural" (127)?
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Dr. Paul Marchbanks