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Plot summary[ edit ] Ruby Turpin is a large Southern woman who is, like so many of O'Connor's characters, stuck in a narrow way of perceiving the world. She feels her actions and decisions make her superior to black people and those she calls "white trash.
She insists that he take the last vacant chair. She notices a dirty toddler with a runny nose lying across two seats and is quietly affronted that the child's dirty, uncouth mother doesn't make him move over for Mrs Turpin to sit. Turpin strikes up a conversation with a "pleasant" woman who is there with her college age daughter, Mary Grace.
The daughter is studying a book with the title Human Development, and only looks up from her reading to glare hatefully at Mrs Turpin. She and the woman chat about the importance of being hard working, clean, and having a good disposition. They also talk about being grateful and how it is important to be thankful for the good things you have been given in life.
As the pleasant lady and Mrs Turpin chat, Mary Grace seems to grow angrier. The pleasant lady begins to speak about Mary Grace in the third person: Claud then suggests that "this girl" ought to be paddled.
The book strikes Mrs. Turpin above her eye. Mary Grace then lunges across the table, and clutches Mrs Turpin's throat, choking her. The girl is subdued and given a sedative by the doctor and nurse who call an ambulance.
Before Mary Grace succumbs to the sedative, Mrs Turpin feels the need to confront her: She looks into Mary Grace's eyes and has a feeling that Mary Grace has a knowing of her and a message to give.
Turpin finds this comment very unsettling, and she wonders if it may have been a message from Godwho may be trying to intervene in her life.
Hating the notion, and still upset, she returns home. While hosing down her own hogs in their sty and obsessing on what she is terrified may be an intrinsically true message from God, Mrs. She scolds God, demanding to know how she could possibly be herself the upstanding, polite, good Christian she sees herself as and a "wart hog" at the same time.
The hogs in "Revelation" also represent a religious symbol; in the Islamic community, the hog is forbidden to eat by any person who wishes to worship the religion. Turpin believes she is a religious person, however. Turpin responds that she is always grateful for making her life the way it is, and exclaims aloud, "Thank you, Jesus!" At that point, Mary Grace hurls her book at Mrs. Turpin's face and physically attacks her, strangling her neck. A Religious Reference in the Life of Ruby and Claude Turpin PAGES 1. WORDS View Full Essay. More essays like this: claude turpin, flannery o connor, book of revelation, book of daniel. Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University. Exactly what I needed.
As the sun sinks low in front of her, she angrily echoes Job 's question to God: She has a vision of redeemed souls winding their way to Heaven.
Her vision is that she, Claud, and "proper" white Christians are at the back of the throng. In front of them, arriving in heaven first, are all the people Mrs Turpin considers inferior and unworthy of either her or God's love and at the rear of this parade into heaven she sees the faces of herself, Claud, and her proper Christian friends as they appear "shocked and altered.
Theme[ edit ] Ruby's feelings of superiority and love of self show that she thinks more of her own goodness than she does of God. She has a revelation from her interaction with Mary Grace that shows her a vision that her "moral superiority" means nothing if it does not come from her love of God and all of his children.
The word "turpitude" means ugliness and is suggestive of the ugliness of Mrs. Turpin's judgments on those she has contact with. She also has great contempt for the physical ugliness of those that she views as being beneath her.
This is the exact opposite of what Mrs. Turpin sees when she looks at the young woman that is acne covered and surly.Claude Turpin, sitting upon a pillow that he had thoughtfully placed upon the convolutions of the apartment sofa, narrowly watched the riante, lovely face of his wife.
"Claudie, dear," said she, touching her finger to her ruby tongue and testing the unresponsive curling irons, "you do me an injustice. Search for your public page. First Name.
Last Name. Nonviolence is the personal practice of being harmless to self and others under every condition. It comes from the belief that hurting people, animals or the environment is unnecessary to achieve an outcome and refers to a general philosophy of abstention from violence.
Barbara Vickroy is 59 years old and was born on 7/9/ Currently, she lives in San Francisco, CA. Sometimes Barbara goes by various nicknames including barbara deann turpin and deann turpin vickroy barbara.
Her ethnicity is Caucasian. Revelation was written in and focuses on one day in the life of Ruby and Claude Turpin.
The very title of the story brings us back to the revelation stories in the bible whether it's the book of Revelation or the Book of Daniel. The first of the final three stories, "Revelation," concludes with a heavenly vision visited upon Mrs. Turpin, the protagonist of the story.
Her major flaw, which is repeatedly revealed throughout the course of the story, is the great sense of satisfaction she takes in her own sense of propriety.