Flannery O’Connor composed a short story entitled

Flannery O’Connor composed a short story entitled, “Revelation” revealing Southern superiority. During O’Connor’s time, prejudiced against other races were at a high. Southerners believe other races were beneath them; therefore they treated them different and called them racial slurs. Mrs. Turpin is an example of Southern superiority, where she feels superior to other races and existences. She believes she’s entitled and privilege because she has a little more than the next person. When Mrs. Turpin had a violent encounter with Mary Grace, she begins to question God about her appearance as a good Christian. Throughout this story, O’Connor characters generated racism and judgment.
Flannery O’Connor begins “Revelation” with Mrs. Turpin at a doctor’s office with her husband, Mr. Turpin, waiting for treatment on his leg. They were looking for a seat, but a dirty little boy took them. As she sits in the waiting room, she look around at the other visitors, determining if they’re white trash or not. She does this by judging their shoes. Mrs. Turpin began having a conversation with the child’s mother, who she referred to as, “white trash”. In Mrs. Turpin mind, this woman doesn’t have any class and uneducated. An African- American man approaches the nurse’s desk, Mrs. Turpin and the woman begin to degrade African Americans. White trash stated that African-Americans need to be “sent back to Africa (386)”. Mrs. Turpin made the comment “there’s a whole heap of things worse than a nigger (386)”. Mrs. Turpin feels, she is superior to blacks and poor people because she has a big house and money; therefore, in her eyes other races including white trash are beneath her. She never calls her farm helpers by their names, she referred them as “niggers” and “idiots”. She prays every night to Jesus, thanking him for not making her black or trashy. In Mrs. Turpin beliefs, she ensured she handled things in a good Christian way.
The conflict of the story is with Mary Grace and Mrs. Turpin. Mrs. Turpin were having a conversation with Mary Grace’s mother. In Mrs. Turpin thoughts, Mary Grace was an unattractive girl with acne. Mary Grace appeared to be annoyed, every time Mrs. Turpin said something. In the mist of this, Mrs. Turpin questioned herself “what if Jesus said you can be a white trash or nigger or ugly (384)”. She has casual thoughts like this, it constantly something negative about the next person. Mrs. Turpin continues the conversation with Mary Grace’s mother. Mary Grace at this point is fed up, she slams her book close and begins staring Mrs. Turpin down. The reader would assume that Mary Grace personally knew Mrs. Turpin, the way she stared at her evilly.
Mrs. Turpin begin to believe the girl didn’t like her, she whisper “I haven’t done anything to you (387)”. Mrs. Turpin believes she has “her confused with someone else”. As Mary Grace continues to stare evilly at Mrs. Turpin, she tries to strike a conversation, asking Mary Grace about school and books. Mary Grace didn’t engage in the conversation. Mary Grace mother mention to Mrs. Turpin that Mary Grace is very ungrateful. Mrs. Turpin starts praising Jesus for her gratefulness and accomplishment in life. It shortly ended, when Mary Grace hurled the book, Human Development at Mrs. Turpin head and started choking her. Mrs. Turpin was beyond confused. She asked Mary Grace “what do she have to say to her”. Mary Grace called Mrs. Turpin a “wart hog from hell”.
The story goes on with Mrs. Turpin reminiscing on what happen at the doctor’s office.