"Everything That Rises Must Converge" Analysis

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Flannery O’Connor outdoes herself in her short story “Everything That Rises Must Converge”. This story has a title that, at first, does not make sense, making the reader want to learn more. On top of that, the title portrays what the point of the story is and helps the reader to understand the major theme of the story, while using symbols and other methods to further illustrate the lesson. Through the title and the underlying theme, Flannery O’Connor shows the struggles between generations and society in her short story “Everything That Rises Must Converge”. The title of this short story has more depth than one might originally think. After reading the story, the reader can decipher what the title means. The short story is told in a time …show more content…
The generational conflict comes from Julian and his mother. Julian feels that blacks should rise to power next to whites and that they should live together. His mother does not feel the same way. In a conversation with Julian, she further states that blacks were better off when they were slaves:
“Your great-grandfather had a plantation and two hundred slaves.” [she said]
“There are no more slaves,” he said irritably.
“They were better off when they were,” she said. (pg. 325)
Julian’s mother thinks that blacks should rise to their own power, but in a different place than where whites live, and that their lives would be better if they were still slaves. Both of these opinions show that she is not prepared for the convergence of the two races. This is the generational struggles, but there is also the struggles with society within the book. The conflict that society is not only allowing blacks to rise to become equals to whites, but also allowing them to rise in the midst of the white population. An example of this is while Julian and his mother were sitting on the bus, a black man got on and sat down. This results in another (white) woman on the bus to move further back into the bus. To this, Julian’s mother, “leaned forward and cast[ed] her an approving look (pg 328).” This shows that not only is Julian’s mother not accepting blacks to become equals, but rather everyone, society, believes the same