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What is the significance of the title of Wise Blood?

This is a very complex novel, and we can see the title working on a number of different levels of meaning. Hazel Motes claims he has "wise blood," and this is what makes him so different from...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 7:56 am UTC

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In Chapter 5 why does Enoch believe he has "wise blood" in Wise Blood?  

Enoch says that he has wise blood because he knows things. He thinks that his blood tells him things. He is a superstitious and simple man. Enoch is a guard at City Forest Park. He finds a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

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In Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, how and why does Hazel Motes create the Church Without Christ?

Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, was published in 1952. Wise Blood explores themes of religion, belief, and doubt. The protagonist, Hazel Motes, was raised deeply religious as the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2016 8:02 pm UTC

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What is the main theme of the book Wise Blood?

As mentioned in the previous excellent answer, the themes of God and religion and materialism and corruption are major in Wise Blood; however, there are also themes of moral corruption, change and...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2007 1:23 pm UTC

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How does Flannery O'Conner use indirect characterization to introduce readers to the character of Hazel Motes?

Indirect characterization is usually presented by the author in five ways (called the STEAL method): Speech, Thoughts, Effect (on other characters), Actions, and Looks. So, in Wise Blood, we have...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015 5:16 pm UTC

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What parts of the Bible does O'Connor make use of in Wise Blood? Wise Blood is heavily indebted to the Genesis,...

I'm not sure O'Connor based her novel around biblical allusions so much as a parody of the blinding of Saul, or St. Paul (Acts 8 & 9). More importantly, the novel lovingly parodies Thomism,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2009 1:23 pm UTC

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How did Hazel’s grandfather affect Hazel Mote in Wise Blood?

Hazel Mote's grandfather first appears in the story in Chapter One when Hazel, going to sleep on the berth in the train, imagines he is in a narrow coffin and thinks about death and his various...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 6:01 am UTC

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How is Hazel Motes a Christian malgre lui?

Hazel Motes, protagonist of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, becomes a committed atheist when he returns from World War II. Despite his sincere professions of atheism, he exhibits most of the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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Flannery O’Connor called Wise Blood a very hopeful book. Why might it be considered a hopeful book?

Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood can be considered a hopeful book for its underlying focus on redemption. Hazel Motes lives by a certain sense of nihilism that seemingly contradicts this focus on...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

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How do characters in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood show the theme of sin and redemption?

Sin certainly is a significant theme in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood. The theme of sin is especially illustrated through examples of moral corruption. All of the characters are morally corrupt in...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2014 7:21 am UTC

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What should be the focus of my thesis statement about "Wise Blood"? Would a thesis focusing on irony be effective for...

Your thesis statement should focus on whatever point you are trying to make in your essay. If your intention is to discuss the irony in O'Connor's novel Wise Blood, then that's what you need to say...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2011 9:42 am UTC

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Is the central theme of Flannery O'Connor's novel Wise Blood Platonic?

Is Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood “Platonic”? The answer to this question depends on how one defines “Platonic.” Few commentators on O’Connor have discussed at any length any supposed...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 4:18 am UTC

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In Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, how are entrapment and redemption major themes in the book? 

Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, published in 1952, explores themes of entrapment and redemption. The story centers on Hazel Motes’ lifelong crisis of faith that leads him to create an...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017 4:46 pm UTC

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What does Flannery O'Connor means by the ultimate reality is the incarnation?  

In Catholic theology incarnation means "the Word made flesh." It is God's "emptying Himself" to become a man, to suffer and die to redeem mankind. O'Connor moves her characters to work backwards...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2009 1:46 pm UTC

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In chapter 10, the narration says that Hazel “looked like he was going to sit there until he died.” Assess what is...

Flannery O'Connor's first novel, Wise Blood (published in 1952), is a particularly emotive novel. It follows Hazel Motes, a war veteran and atheist who vows to preach and spread his anti-religion...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 8:41 pm UTC

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In Genesis 33:13, it is written, “I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God.” Is seeing the face of...

In the final chapter of Wise Blood, Hazel Motes's landlord, Mrs. Flood, comes to regard Motes as a kind of religious figure. When she sees the dead Motes at the end of the novel, his face resembles...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 8:06 pm UTC

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