“O’Connor might have believed that the violence in [The violent bear it away] forced her characters to accept the reality in their lives, but more than that, it prepared them to accept moments of grace. In a territory ruled by the Devil, the use of violence might be the only way to seek and find the Kingdom of God.”
Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux; a publishing partnership
PATRICK SAMWAY, S.J.
Notre Dame Press, 2018