Discuss the theme and irony found in "Revelations" by Flannery O'Connor.

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Flannery O’Connor writes about the south and its unique flavor of life. The name of the story “Revelations” has several meanings: disclosure, shock, and eye-opener. All of these meanings apply in Ruby Turpin’s revelation. 

As Ruby sits at the doctor’s office with her husband Claude, she puts each person through a litany of qualities. The main character finds that she is above all of the people who are waiting with her to see the doctor.   All of the people are strangers, but Ruby easily categorizes them.

  • a poor white trash woman
  • a fashionable woman with red high heels
  • the girl’s mother
  • the ugly girl
  • the little boy
  • the boy’s grandmother

Ruby is a fat, egotistical woman.  She goes around the room judging each person.  If anyone does not meet her standards, they should be taken by train to a gas chamber.

One of the themes of the story speaks to “do not judge a book by its cover.” The outside of a person does not always portray the person inside.  What a person looks like does...

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