In "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor, why is it appropriate that the two major settings  are a doctor's waiting room and a "pig parlor"?

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In Flannery O'Connor’s short story “Revelation” (published posthumously in Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1965), the primary settings—the doctor’s waiting room and the pig parlor—are especially significant because of two reasons. Firstly, they represent the text’s preoccupations with ideas of sickness and hygiene. Rather than being physical in origin, the sickness and hygiene under scrutiny in the story are profoundly moral. Who is truly healthy in the spirit, and who has lived a clean enough life to be worthy of grace? By locating these questions in the twin stages of the doctor’s waiting room and the pig parlor, O’Connor lets them play out in all kinds of interesting ways.

Secondly, both the doctor’s waiting room and the pig parlor serve as classical dramatic devices typical of O’Connor’s fiction . As a writer preoccupied with Christian themes, O’Connor often locates the spiritual crises of her characters in the most unlikely and even jarring settings. So,...

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