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THE DISPLACED PERSON. By FLANNERY O’CONNOR. MRS. SHORTLEY stood on a small prominence to the left of the pump house. Her folded arms were . BOOKS BY. Flannery O’Connor. NOV E L S. Wise Blood. The Violent Bear It Away. STORIES. A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Everything That Rises Must Converge. Flannery O’Connor’s Stories Summary and Analysis of “The Displaced . “Christ was just another D.P.” (D.P. stands for “displaced person.

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The Shortleys oversee Astor and Sulk, two black men who have been hired hands for some time. In this way, Mrs. Guizac, but puts it off several times. Shortley she has been missing. Click here for ghe on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. When she eventually goes to fire him, she becomes a silent participant in his murder, when — with Mrs. This is not preson only occasion that Mrs Shortley belittles or is racist towards Astor and Sulk.

Whatever evil had caused the death of all those people, she thinks, has infected these refugees, and is now in danger of infecting America:.

Guizac, idsplaced throughout the story as only the Displaced Person, threatens to upset the social order. Facts on Files, Shortley, reacts to it with a deep fear, setting the tone for the rest of the story.

McIntyre down, to help her see the lack of charity in her thinking, he evokes a version of John 3: Expert Answers mwestwood Certified Educator. Despite telling Mr Shortley that she will dismiss him she hesitates. Any one of them could have yelled out to warn Mr Guizac but decide against it. A Good Man is Hard to Find.


McIntyre is in a type of purgatory in which she is physically punished, but yet has the chance for grace and redemption.

The Displaced Person by Flannery O’Connor

Shortley, who has let his wife do the thinking, then becomes much like her as he talks more and maligns Mr. Only those who fed the hungry, dsplaced water to the thirsty, clothed the naked, welcomed the stranger, cared for the ill, and visited the imprisoned will be gain eternal life.

In the second and third sections of the story the reader gets a closer insight into how Mrs McIntyre thinks. While her friends and contemporaries were winning grants and traveling abroad, she was marooned in Georgia. As an image of immortality, this bird figures strongly in the narrative of ” The Displaced Person. Shortley had the sudden intuition that the Gobblehooks, like rats with typhoid fleas, could have carried all those murderous ways over the water with them directly to this place.

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When she finds out that Guizac has asked his teenage cousin to come to America by marrying one persson the African American farm hands, she is appalled, her appreciation of him melts down. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Ironically through the loss of material things the farm and her health, Mrs McIntyre may achieve spiritual well-being.


The owner of the farm, Mrs. McIntyre decides to fire Shortley instead because of his unsatisfactory work. But trouble begins when Mrs. Shortley, the sanctimonious Southern Fundamentalist who personifies all the bigotry of her religious and McIntryre’s bedside and instructs her “in the doctrines of the Church.

But it also puts the reader more firmly in Mrs. These encounters end, at best, in neglect, but they can also lead to violence.

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McIntyre, contacts a Catholic priest to find her a ” displaced person ” to work as a farm hand. Petson died of a stroke on the day that l left. The story was written while O’Connor was residing with her mother at a farm called Andalusia.

They are in need of refuge and willing to work hard to earn their keep. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. After the tractor “accident,” Mrs. When things change, they stay changed. Thanks for the comment and insight Ed.