Everything That Rises Must Coverge


The short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge", by Flannery O’Connor tells the story of Julian, the main character and his thoughts and feelings toward his mother. Julian is a college graduate who has a fair understating of the world he lives in, and because of this finds difficulty dealing with his mother and her views of the world. The story begins with Julian and his mother taking their regular trip downtown to the YMCA. Julian is often embarrassed by his mother’s feelings toward Blacks; she refers to them as the lower class and reminisces of life on the plantation in the south. Julian takes every opportunity of opposing her views because he finds her thoughtless ...

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for the bus and Julian takes off his tie, she tells him he is embarrassing her because he looks like thug. She also does not want to show up for weight loss class without her hat and gloves. These actions were reserved exclusively for ladies when she was younger and she continues with them, however in today’s world it is not customary. No matter what Julian or any one else says, she will not relinquish those practices. She glorifies the fact that her grandfather was a plantation owner with one hundred slaves and dismisses the plights of blacks by saying, "They should rise, yes, but on their own side of the fence". It is clear that his mother has difficulty dealing with the changes of today’s current society. Evidence that times have change is given by the fact that the colored woman sitting on the bus was wearing the same hat Julian’s mother was wearing. This indicates that not only white women of statue now wear big hats. Julian’s mother is put in her place when the ...

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