Wise Blood Essay
In the movie Wise Blood the topic of religion is discussed throughout the entire movie. There were many different men trying to tell the by standards to follow them and that their way was right. Even the main character, Hazel Motes, was attempting to lead the people to a church with no God. Flannery O’Conner painted a different kind of picture of the materialistic people in the unknown city of this movie. He does this through the topic of religion. In “Wise Blood”, the Religion is treated as if it were just another materialistic thing.
People want the newest trends and that can include religion also. The old “traditional” ways of religious beliefs are tested in this movie. Religion, in “Wise Blood”, is treated as if it were something people could use to get money. The main character, Hazel Motes, attempted to change that materialistic belief, but in the end he did not do it justice. Hazel Motes is a military officer coming home trying to start a new life. When he is in the city he runs into a so called “blind” preacher on the streets. The blind man was preaching that there is a God and that people need to give to the church through him.
Hazel was very upset about this and started attempting to preach that there is no God and they need to follow him when he starts a new church without a God. When Hazel goes to the place where he is staying, he finds out the “blind” preacher is staying there too. This really makes the situation worse for Hazel. One night Hazel went into the “blind” man’s room and lit a match to see if he was really blind. He had been lying about it. He was just a crook after people’s money. He was using God to make people feel sorry for him and that would in turn make them give him money.
While Hazel is preaching on a street corner, another man comes up to him. (Oly J Holy)**** This particular guy thought Hazel was just making lies up to obtain money, when in reality Hazel was preaching from what he believed. This guy gets the idea to go along with Hazel and tries to get some money out of it. When the people start listening more to this guy in the big hat and not Hazel, he gets in his car and drives off. This is yet another guy trying to make a buck off these by standards in the street. While Hazel might not have been completely right about what he was preaching, he was the only one actually doing it for the right cause.
He was really saying what he believed instead of just trying to make some money. Hazel is somewhat like the character in the poem Howl. This story is about driving someone mad and that’s what Hazel ended being, mad. He drove himself crazy, so crazy that he blinded himself and wrapped wire around his body. The young guy that wanted to follow Hazel around is somewhat like the unknown character in The Invisible Man. In the story the unknown character was treated so badly by all the white men, but he kept pushing through so he could make his speech and he thought someone might really like him. The young guy in the Wise Blood was the same way.
He just wanted to be accepted and to have a friend. He kept trying many different times with Hazel and with other people in the street. He ended up not having a friend in the world. In the end, Hazel did not get to finish want he started. He let the other men and the hardship of their lies get to him. He stood up for what he believed in and that still was not enough. When Hazel tried to leave the city, he was still forced to stay in the madness he had somehow created. He was forced to sit and rot in the house until he tried to leave. He was brought back and when he knew that he could not do anything more, he died.