Greenleaf Essay

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Greenleaf





 GREENLEAF

In her story, “Greenleaf”, the author Flannery O’Conner

shows us that people can sometimes blind their factual vision of the

world through a mask of dreams, so that they would not be able to

make a distinction between reality and their dreams of reality. O’Conner

unveils this through the use of point of view , character, irony, and

symbol.

Being told through the limited omniscient point of view, this

story takes place on a dairy farm, which was the only thing left to Mrs.

May when her husband died. Mrs. May is a strong willed mother of

two, who has many dreams and goals. She is “barely making ends

meet”, as quoted from the story, through her dairy farm selling her

milk. She lives at the farm, since that is the only thing she has, with

her two sons Wesley, the younger child, and Scofield.

Though Mrs. May was struggling, her two boys never helped

or even supported her. They just lived with her and complained about
it. Both of the boys have a career of their own. Wesley is described as

a thin, bald, intellectual who did not like anything. He drove twenty

miles everyday to a second-rate university where he taught, which he did

not like. Now his brother Scofield is the total opposite of Wesley, it is

said that the only thing they did have in common was neither cared

about what happened to the farm. Scofield was a business man, he sold

insurance, not just any insurance but he sold insurance that only

Negroes bought. He was known as the “policy man” by the black

community. His mother was very disgruntled by this fact, knowing this

he would loudly shout to company that he was the “best negroe-

insurance salesman in the country”. Neither of the boys were married,

but Scofield would tease Mrs. May by saying that when she died he

would get married to a nice fat girl like Mrs. Greenleaf that would take

over the farm. So upon hearing this, Mrs. May changed her will so that

if the boys married they cold not leave the farm to their wives.
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