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

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During the early 1960’s, racial segregation and integration created violent opinions from all United States citizens, particularly in the South. Flannery O’Connor’s short story, Everything that Rises Must Converge, takes a look into what life was like during this time and exposes the challenges both races faced during integration. Several members of our class suggested that Julian was evil and out to get his mother. I agree up to a point, but I think that he truly cared for his mother’s safety and well-being. In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, Everything that Rises Must Converge, Julian and his mother must take a bus ride every Wednesday night in order to reach exercise classes required for Julian’s mother. On the bus, the two come into contact with African- Americans and Julian tries to stifle his mother’s racial actions towards the African- Americans. From the first time Julian’s mother is introduced, she is seen wearing a purple and green velvet hat. While Julian finds the…show more content…
Although his mother tests his nerves, he shows full intentions to one day earn the money needed to move his mother to a beautiful home. After years of his mother taking care of him, Julian knows it will soon be his time to take care of his mother. After all, he is already doing so by assisting her in her weekly trips to the Y. While many students in class argued that Julian experienced a change of heart only after his mother fell ill, the text suggests he was kind hearted all along. After exiting the bus and seeing his mom drop to the sidewalk, Julian, “picked up her pocketbook and put what had fallen out back in it. He picked the hat up off her lap… held his hands out to pull her up.” The grief Julian showed when his mother was having her heart attack was raw and real. He was always there to pull her
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