The action of mercy.

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  • Author(s): Oates, Joyce Carol
  • Source:
    Kenyon Review; Winter98, Vol. 20, p157-160, 4p
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Alternate Title:
      introduction to story by Flannery O'Connor
    • Subjects:
      American Christian literature
    • Works:
      Artificial nigger [Story]: O'Connor, Flannery
    • Keywords:
      O'Connor, Flannery -- Work -- Artificial nigger
    • Abstract:
      The writer analyzes Flannery O'Connor's short story “The Artificial Nigger.” She contends that this parable-like story is virtually unique in O'Connor's oeuvre in that it ends with tenderness rather than violent death or devastating irony. She describes how the story moves toward what O'Connor calls “an action of mercy,” the mysterious action of grace in the characters' lives that causes an eloquent epiphany to occur. She discovers O'Connor's Christian symbolism in the figure of the “artificial nigger” who, like the crucified Christ, is a mysterious agent of grace.
    • ISSN:
      0163075X
    • Accession Number:
      509695486
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OATES, J. C. The action of mercy. Kenyon Review, [s. l.], v. 20, p. 157–160, 1998. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 30 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Oates JC. The action of mercy. Kenyon Review. 1998;20:157-160. Accessed November 30, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580
    • APA:
      Oates, J. C. (1998). The action of mercy. Kenyon Review, 20, 157–160.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. 1998. “The Action of Mercy.” Kenyon Review 20: 157–60. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Oates, J. C. (1998) ‘The action of mercy’, Kenyon Review, 20, pp. 157–160. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 30 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Oates, JC 1998, ‘The action of mercy’, Kenyon Review, vol. 20, pp. 157–160, viewed 30 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. “The Action of Mercy.” Kenyon Review, vol. 20, Winter 1998, pp. 157–160. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. “The Action of Mercy.” Kenyon Review 20 (Winter 1998): 157–60. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Oates JC. The action of mercy. Kenyon Review [Internet]. 1998 Winter [cited 2020 Nov 30];20:157–60. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509695486&custid=s6224580