Enc 1102 Summer B
August 4, 2015
Mary Flannery O 'Connor author of the short story in our Literature book; "A Good Man is Hard to Find", was brought up in a strict southern catholic home. Her father died when she was 15 years old from Lupus, a debilitating auto immune disease. In the prime of her writing career O’Connor was diagnosed with the same disease. Lupus is a horribly painful disease and pain causes some people to be angry and irritable. I believe her stories are a reflection of her life and how the disease affected her and all of these pent up emotions are expressed in her stories. The question I plan to answer "Are O’Connor’s grim stories a reflection of her emotions towards her life and her Lupus, causing her to be angry and never seeing good triumph over evil?”
We were instructed to search the SCF database, so this is where I started. I used Boolean phrases such as; “O’Connor”, “catholic”, and “Auto Immune disorder” to locate the resources I needed. The search yielded many, many articles. I read over the articles and narrowed them down to fifteen. I then read those articles and selected several to build my research.
Since my daughter has Multiple Sclerosis, I personally know the struggles, anger and frustration and auto immune disease has on a person. The SCF database did not provide me with the research I was looking for concerning the symptoms of Lupus and the psychological effect they have on a person. Therefore, I researched the internet using “symptoms of Lupus” as my search phrase. This resulted in several pages of sites. I selected two articles that would back my statement.
Just as I thought, according to the Mayo Clinic some of the symptoms of Lupus are: fatigue, joint pain, stiffness...
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Hunter, Frederic. “Following the footsteps of Flannery O’Connor”. Christian Science Monitor 5 Sept. 2008: 19 Biography in Context. Web. 30 July 2015.
"Lupus." Symptoms. Mayo Clinic Staff, 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 04 Aug. 2015.
Morgan, C.E. “Grace Hurts”. Christian Century. 21 Aug 2013.
O 'Donnell, Angela Alaimo. "A Litany for Flannery." America 23 Mar. 2015: 33. Biography in Context. Web. 30 July 2015.
O’Connell, Michael. Getting to "Judgment Day ': Flannery O’Connor’s Representation of personal dislocation. 2013. Web.
O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is Hard to Find." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. 8th ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Wadsworth, 2013. 228-237. Print.
The Prayer Journal. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. N.d. Web.
Waters, Jen. Eternal O 'Connor; Author 's work endures 40 years after her death. Web. 2000
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