Interpretation Of Everything That Rises, Must Converge

986 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Robert Phillips
Beth Orozco
19 June 2016
Interpretation of “Everything That Rises, Must Converge” “Everything That Rises, Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor is a short story about a generational gap created by social conflict within 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. Jillian is a young educated white male who begrudgingly accompanies his once prestigious Southern mother as she takes public transportation to her class at the Y. Julian’s mother is descended from a rich and cultured slave owning family who once owned a mansion. Unfortunately she and her Julian no longer have the comforts of money, as they now live in a rundown neighborhood. Their poverty is made clear by the reduced classes, bus fare and the comments about her returning her hat because the money she spent could pay their gas bill for the month. Throughout the trip, Julian does not agree with his mother’s statements and ideas. He disdains her bigotry and prejudices. O’Connor portrays racial prejudices and the unwelcome assimilation of integration in the South through irony, theme, and symbolism. O 'Connor uses various kinds of irony in "Everything That Rises Must Converge" to scorn racial prejudices at the same time as representing Julian 's attitudes of superiority and his mother 's undesirable intentions. Julian is of the younger generation and prides himself with being more accepting of African Americans because he believes that “[t]rue culture is in the mind, the mind” (pg). He has a college…
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