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

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The uneasy changing social dynamics in the south during the late 1960’s is a theme represented through the entirety of “Everything that Rises Must Converge”. The foremost areas of this can be seen through evaluating the changing social classes, generational difference on cultural views and acceptance, and significance of the penny in relation to slavery and desegregation in the story.
Of the major themes in “Everything That Rises Must Converge” the social concerns of the 1960’s “particularly the disorder of the modern world and the impact of cultural and social change--are prevalent” and addressed on multiple occasions (Schoenberg). The approach used by Flannery O’Connor might be seen as one that is ironic. Dorothy McFarland makes note of this by commenting on “whatever signs of convergence of social classes or races are evident in the story are dealt with by the characters in ways that minimize any real meeting” (McFarland). An example of this can be seen in the story when a Negro woman enters the bus and is dressed in a hat that is one and the same to what Julian’s mother is wearing. This disturbs her perception of identity between herself and the other woman and handles the situation by degrading her to a subhuman level. She then finds the circumstances of this as humorous "She kept her eyes on the woman and an amused smile came over her face as if the woman were a monkey that had stolen her hat”. (McFarland). Adhering to the old cultural customs of the south, Julian’s…
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