Rarely are we lucky enough to not only have a great story to read in class that’s 1) set in the South, 2) short enough to hold your attention span and 3) had a fantastic performance to accompany it…. but this week we are in fact lucky enough to have all three in Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The Enduring Chill”, and the performance of this story by Stephen Colbert at Symphony Space in New York last year.

Click here to access the short story “The Enduring Chill”.

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As we examine this text, please remember that you should be looking for how the themes of the Southern Gothic are present, how O’Connor uses irony and how she uses very simple diction and images to create very point and engaging imagery.

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