preview

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

Decent Essays
In “Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor, is a story of racial domestic violence between Julian’s mother and an African American woman who is trying to keep her son away from her. The story is in a third person point of view which means none of the characters is the narrator, however, it does show Julian’s thoughts during the story. The third person narrator focuses on Julian, his mother, and their relationship which is a “parasitic relationship [that] establishes the prototype for parent and child figures” (Winn 192). Julian, despite being an adult, still lives with his mother and has a childlike attachment to her. His mother has a “deep connection of her identity with the intergenerational ties of family and history,…show more content…
When the narrator mentions that her doctor wants her to lose weight to stabilize her blood pressure, implies the mother is not in good health. The narrator shows that the mother is disgusted with the society in her era, which African Americans roam free. In her opinion, she thinks they should be a lower class than her. Her signs of disgust are shown when she tells Julian of her Grandfather’s plantation after an African American man enters the bus with a newspaper. When the man sits down and reads, the mother exclaims to Julian that “Now you see why I won’t ride on these buses by myself” (O’Connor 452). She does “feel sorry for. . . the ones that are half white” (O’Connor 449), because they have no place to belong in society. She does get annoyed by her son’s behavior when he loosens his tie and asks the African American man for a match. Julian’s mother does have hope for Julian that he will become a writer and keeps reminding him that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” (O’Connor 448). She is so focused on her past that “she can’t comprehend that depth to which its loss has affected her, and she repeats the narrative in order to re-establish the historical boundaries of her identity” (Williamson 751). The narrator shows that she adores young African American children, even though, her son tries to warn her not to give a penny to the boy. After being punched by the African American mother, she is in shock and extreme confusion to why it happened. Wanting to go “Home” (O’Connor 457) where her grandfather’s plantation was, she immediately retreats to her historical fantasy
Get Access