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

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Erin Comerford
30 November 2012
Final Paper
ENAM 3880-103
Julian’s Mother as a Post-Segregation South In Flannery O’Connor’s story “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” O’Connor presents readers with an interesting pair: a young man, Julian, and his mother. Because the story is narrated in a closed third person over Julian, readers are immediately distanced from the mother. O’Connor uses Julian as a critic, scrutinizing his mother from his educated heights; through Julian’s eyes, readers see a vision of an integrated South that is cruelly unwelcome to modern liberal thinkers. The bigoted persona of Julian’s mother dashes any belief that readers may have in a socially integrated South. In the story, Julian tries to serve his mother some form of justice, attempting to play his own small role against this society of his mother’s generation; the attempt, however, is somewhat in vain. Julian realizes that his mother unconsciously gets the best of him, and is also unable to attach himself in any way to the race from which his mother distances herself.. In fact, it is the omniscient author, O’Connor, who makes the biggest statement in the end. When Julian’s mother is struck dead by her maker, readers are given the sense that this bigoted system of the South will not last much longer in a modern world. In the very first paragraph of “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” readers are told that Julian’s mother “would not ride the buses by herself at night since they had been

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