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In this short story, Ruby Turpin, a big bodied woman comes into a packed hospital in company of her husband and Claude. Claude sits on the last available seat. She (Mrs.Turpin) examines the room and its occupants keenly, as she categorizes everyone where she or he feels they belongs - she comes up with a list of a nice woman, her daughter, a white worthless white woman and a son napping, and last but not least the white woman's mother. The author therefore basically explores the issue of social stratification in today's society
Mrs. Turpin starts a chat with the nice woman on the significance of looking good and treandy.Besides, they talk of valuing the nature's kindness to human kind; the worthless white woman occasionally chips in the conservation, depicting her folly. Mary Grace, the nice woman's daughter, looking fat and evil seems to grow uneasy with Mrs. Turpin's conversation. Claude and Turpin think Mary is just a small kid who should be knocked at one instance to have some manner of sense in her. Mary throws the book she is reading at Mrs. Turpin; and quite ironically the book is entitled "Human Development" far beyond the acts of Mary if she were to digest and behave in line with contents of the book. She hits Turpin on the eye; subsequently the hospital workers call for an ambulance to take Mary away. She loudly "whispers" obscene and abusive words to Mrs. Turpin,who remains tongue - tied of the scenario and ponders what the ' hell' is Mary taking about - may be she was God sent! (Wikipedia)
Mrs.Turpin goes back home very offended woman and she attends to her backyard farm - contemplates the whole scene, feeling sinful of all those who were at the hospital's waiting room. "May be I'am the most evil of them all", she ponders. (Wikipedia)
The characters in the play are figured by their natural body shapes and race. The protagonist Mrs. Turpin is depicted as racists and uses words inclined towards racial background; this is revealed when she, refers to an elegantly dressed woman as "higher class" ,the teenage girl as 'ugly' and the poor looking woman as "white - trash". She is portrayed as a black racist fond of using the word "nigga" in her thoughts and talks. She gives the origin of the black community as having hailed from the South, probably even the author of the book herself. (Dream Essays.com)
The story, besides, introducing the southern - hoods of the author, it as well reveals her illness - suffers from lupus disease which has made her change her traits to being violent and defensive; making her life story to be unpleasant and unsuccessful . She communicates all her shortcomings to others' through writing this book.Ironically; she appreciates her personality and her physical body. This is the opposite of the feelings of Mrs.Turpin - she considers her self as imperfect but still appreciates her traits and she is happy about it. The author being a catholic by faith brings in another influence in the story - religion. Other religions also influence her. She believes sin has an effect on the life of human race. (Dream Essays.com)
The stories of the author leave the readers looking for and finding the social truth. This helps the author to come up with clear plot of the story - people should think outside the box to understand the actions of others' and reasons for such. "Revelation" is further developed through a plot by applying social conflict, featured also is the element of surprise and unhappy conclusion. This is only revealed in a wider coverage of the story. (Dream Essays.com)
This story as well categorizes the social conflicts into major and minor - The minor conflict between Mrs.Turpin and the poor woman, arises because Mrs. Turpin feels she is from a leafy and affluent suburb as opposed to the "trashy white woman". The poor woman in Mrs.Turpin's mind is stupid and illetrate, hence should not be heard ,;but, seem - Infact, she interrupts her speeches. (Dream Essays.com)
The major conflict is shown between Mrs.Turpin and the teenage girl, the shows her displeasure towards Mrs. Turpin through her talks and body language.Mrs.Turpin comments on the clock and the teenage smirks back at her. Quantitatively, Mrs.Turpin looks at the girl and concludes she is "ugly". The surprise is also used to bring out the feature of conflicts in "Revelation", pre-emptying all major conflicts expected in the story - line. (Dream Essays.com)
The action in the story are full of dismays and suspense - the teenage hits Mrs.Turpin with book on the face, gives her bad looks probably judged by her previous actions. This leaves Mrs.Turpin wondering why the girl hates her on the fist day - a real surprise and un-predictable behavior from a child.
The author ends the story with a dejected Mrs. Turpin who cannot understand why she is hated by the teenage girl.Mrs.Turpin is considered persistent and convincing - she is involved in conversation throubght.She is static - does not change despite accusations. She is also polite, friendly and out-going; she ignores the hatred looks given to her by the girl. (Dream Essays.com)
The author - O'Connor - is shown as of - little education and miserable. The main literary devise used include: Symbolism - the girl hates Mrs.Turpin for the entire story; as well different types of people symbolize different characters; and foreshadowing - continued dislike between the teenage girl and Mrs.Turpin foreshadows a violent scene. The author also involves comic - humour; in her story plot. (Dream Essays.com)
The author successfully drove the message home to her readers on what she believes in and what she does not. She also affirms how the actions by other people can effect on another's' life. (Human Race)