The Displaced Person
The Displaced Person
by Flannery O'Connor
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Jesus Christ

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Symbols of Christ are sprinkled throughout the text. In the Christian religion, fish are often symbols of Jesus. We see fish in the ironic derisive nickname that Mrs. Shortley gives the Guizacs – the Gobblehooks. We also see them in the sky before and after Mrs. Shortley has her vision. As we discuss at length in "What's Up with the Title?" and "What's Up with the Ending?" Mr. Guizac can be seen as a Christ figure. And the striking peacock that starts off the story is also a symbol of Christ. There are probably many more symbols of Christ in the story. If you're interested in Christ as a symbol, you've come to the right author.

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