The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O’Connor

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How did religion influence her writing?

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O' Connor had an extreme passion for the Catholic faith and she wanted people to think about sin and salvation.

"Socially, her context was the Bible Belt, and she had a penetrating eye for its grotesqueries --- the tent revivals, the child evangelists, the sawdust salvations, and the highway admonitions to "repent or burn in hell." She had no illusions about the South being Christ-centered, but she did find it "Christ-haunted." Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive and they cast strange shadows, she said, and she found in the Southern temperament "a sense of the absolute, a sense of Moses' face as he pulverized the idols, a sense of time, place and eternity joined."

"A Catholic, she...

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