An Analysis of Hazel Motes in Wise Blood from the Perspective of Posthumanism

Journal: Journal of Higher Education Research DOI: 10.32629/jher.v3i2.753

Yang Yang

Shaanxi Fashion Engineering University, Xi’an 712046, Shaanxi, China


Reffering to Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, most of the research focuses on the subject of South, religion, violence, Gothic, Oedipus complex as well as the theories of feminism, Freud's psychoanalysis, and deconstruction. Through interpreting the protagonist Hazel Motes in Wise Blood from the perspective of posthumanism, this thesis intends to verify Motes' fragmented self and alienation from others and society. By analyzing the destroyed and broken postwar world and the loss of family members, it indicates a fragmented Hazel Motes both physically and spiritually. By analyzing his persisting on a religious faith in wartime, his indifference and cruelty in the collapsed postwar world, the mistrust from acquaintances, it reflects Motes' alienation from others and society. In conclusion, this thesis assumes that Flannery O'Connor may also appeals readers to maintain a harmonious and reliable relationship among human beings in the consumer capitalistic society.


Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood, posthumanism, Hazel Motes


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