America was changed greatly by the events of the war in the 1940s; these changes are mirrored in the characters of the story. Hazel Motes, the protagonist, is a veteran of World War II who comes back to America with shrapnel in his shoulder and a sheer sense of disbelief filling his mind. He is a soldier which represents the nearly four million americans who were enlisted at the time (Beckam). Nearly every man in America was a soldier in the time of the novel therefore O’Connor uses a basis in military within her protagonist to better illustrate the society of the time.
Hazel Motes is not just a soldier; he is a wounded soldier, which is perhaps the most important aspect of his character. He comes home with injuries both visible and invisible. For the visible aspect of his injury, Hazel Motes comes home with shrapnel left in his shoulder and the scars from the wound. This physical wound mirrors the 960,000 American soldiers that were wounded or killed in World War II. This physical wound is also accompanied by a wound below the surface.
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