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Short Story Analysis: The Displaced Person by Flannery O’Connor – The Sitting Bee

A Good Man is Hard to Find. Their new home had a stove, but no indoor plumbing, and its curtains were made from feed sacks—not much different from the houses James Agee and Walker Evans had documented nearly twenty years earlier in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. McIntyre is intending to fire Mr. Scholars believe that the farm was the inspiration for the setting in “The Displaced Person” and is the work most closely associated with Andalusia.

But it also puts the reader more firmly in Mrs.

Sorry, your blog cannot xisplaced posts by email. In the second and third sections of the story the reader gets a closer insight into how Mrs McIntyre thinks.

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She is described as “the giant wife of the countryside” with the “grand self confidence of a mountain” The priest finds a Polish refugee named Mr. McIntyre decides to fire Shortley instead because of his unsatisfactory work. Views Read Edit View history. Because the displaced person is quite industrious, the Shortleys, a family of white farm hands, feel threatened and try to manipulate Mrs. In the first section the reader is aware that Mrs Shortley flnanery calls Mr Guizac by his name, rather he is known as Gobblehooks.


Guizac has an attitude toward his work and his role in the community that upsets the balance.

Of the original group Mrs. When she eventually goes to fire him, she becomes a silent participant in his murder, when — with Mrs.

Though she has had a nervous breakdown possible guilty conscience and is no longer able to run the farm, Father Flynn visits her once a week and sits with her explaining the doctrines of the Church to her. Mclntyre’s farm is in the process of being reconstituted. Contact Contact Us Help. McIntyre, contacts a Catholic priest to find her a ” displaced person ” to work as a farm hand.

The original nucleus of five—Mrs. The story was written while O’Connor was residing with her mother at a farm called Andalusia. Mclntyre, the owner; the two black workers, Astor and Sulk; Mr.

Each section, that is, involves a method that cancels as much as it psrson the methods of the other two sections. McIntyre thinks to herself as she scolds Guizac.

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Guizac and his family. Shortley positions a tractor to roll over Guizac’s body as if by accident as he works beneath another machine.

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The Displaced Person by Flannery O’Connor

Suddenly Mrs Shortley and her husband appear to be dispensable. McIntyre’s farmhands abandon her and, after she suffers a nervous collapse, she is bedridden and receives no visitors save for the priest. I am suggesting that the story still needs to be investigated on the dramatic level—that is, as a sequence of developments-as a displacement of community, and on the rhetorical level as a displacement of literary flannerg.


Her solid and weighty sense of being placed geographically and communally is destabilized somewhat by the appearance of the Guizacs, immigrants whose strange foreignness disturbs the established order. Facebook Twitter Email Print.

Also your observation on awareness. I would likewise agree. Guizac who relocates with his family to the farm. The Matysiaks were not a complete anomaly. He lives in Northern Michigan, where he directs the creative-writing program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The Shortleys oversee Astor and Sulk, two black men who have been hired hands for some time.

When she finds out that Guizac has asked his teenage cousin to come to America by marrying one of the African American farm hands, she is appalled, her appreciation of him melts down. Thanks for the comment and insight Ed. McIntyre into firing Guizac, but Mrs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The word Holocaust is never used in the story—nor are Jew and Hitler.