In "The Displaced Person" Flannery O'Connor focuses on the ill treatment of a Polish refugee seeking shelter on a farm in the American South during or shortly after World War II. The story presents a grim vision of America. It highlights extreme characters troubled by poverty, lack of opportunity, as well as racist and anti-immigrant sentiments. If we think of the story as a call to change, we can see that O'Connor writes from a place of hope, a recognition of human frailty, and belief in the possibility of renewal and redemption for all.
The grim vision of America presented in "The Displaced Person" is echoed by many present day events.