Discuss the likes of Faulkner, O'Connor McCarthy and Twain here.
To start us off, what does /lit/ think of Wise Blood?
Hazel Motes shows us
the importance of trust/faithwhilst Enoch shows us the importance of being loved.
Also why do you think Motes
Southern Gothic is the absolute best. This may be my Georgia pride speaking, but there is just something chilling about the silence in the Spanish moss and the old Victorian houses. Our land is a very old one, many people have lived and died here.
I feel the add The House of Breath (Texas) to the fray.
I feel like Flannery O'Connor goes too ham with religious symbolism in Wise Blood.
Her writing is more bearable in her short stories, I guess in small doses, but in Wise Blood I found myself often laughing at how absurd it gets.
in short, he blinded himself because his car got trashed.
he is a man that was certain that his will alone was the key to 'salvation'. towards the end his certainty in himself becomes disillusioned. therefore the next radical yet logical step for him to take was to distrust himself as he distrusted the lord in the beginning. he blinds himself so that he may not deceive himself/ direct himself. he says that he is unclean. he can't get rid of his own history or biological imperatives. the body has become the antagonist replacing god.
That feel when I can't tolerate southern lit because I go to a southern college and all they care about in my department is regional literature. That said, I do like Twain and Faulkner. That's about it.
Faith requires a certain amount of blindness, but Motes, certain in only himself, believed faith to be only trickery (all the other preachers he encounters are frauds), and thus (in an act in the same ironic flavor of "A church without Christ") blinds himself so he cannot be tricked by faith in any form.
He then becomes a Christ-figure to save himself from himself, because he won't allow Christ to suffer for him.
Motes cannot escape faith, and ultimately becomes the figure of faith himself.
Reading Go Down, Moses now. Easy breezy but hella rewarding read if you can keep up with the genealogy of the McCaslins. "The Bear" is absolutely breathtaking; McCarthy owes everything to that story alone.