Analysis Of `` Everything That Rises Must Converge ' By Flannery O ' Connor

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The character of Julian in Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge” is one that evokes conflicting emotions in readers. On an immediate judgment, it would be easy to view Julian as someone who is pretentious and narcissistic. Throughout the course of the piece, he is presented as being constantly bored and disgusted with those around him, because he believes he is more highly educated. Based on his presentation in the text, it is easy to think that Julian is using his advanced education as an excuse to act as though he is above everyone else, and although this is not one hundred percent untrue, it is evident that this character truly is more intelligent than his counterparts.
Julian is the only character who logically would have attained an advanced education. “Everything That Rises Must Converge” is set in the South in the 1960s/70s, shortly after society integrated. So, unless a character is a white male from an affluent background, that character would not have gone to college. The only characters with whom Julian interacts are his mother, the black man and woman on the bus, and the woman’s son. Even so, Julian only interacts for a prolonged period of time with his mother, the woman, and her son. None of these three people would have gone to college. Julian’s mother would not have gone to college merely because she is a woman; at this point in time women would not have been expected to further their education, especially if they came from wealthy…
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