Everything That Rises Must Converge Short Story Analysis

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In the short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O 'Connor a mother, who comes from a wealthy slave owning family, and her college educated son Julian cannot agree on how to treat people of color. The story begins with Julian preparing to escort his mother to her weekly class at the Y to lose weight. She needs this class reduce her high blood pressure. He takes her there every week because she will not take the bus alone since the buses have become integrated. Julian 's mother 's family lost all of their wealth after the civil war, and at a certain point in the story she considers returning a hat she purchased to pay her gas bill. Later on in the story while Julian and his mother are on the bus together she tries to give a kid of color a penny because she believes he needs it. Although Julian tries to stop her from doing this, she does it anyway. Julian is tries to annoy his mother by being friends with people of color, and by scolding his mother on how they should be treated. In "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by O 'Connor Julian and his mother cannot effectively communicate without angering each other because Julian suffers from narcissism, and his mother suffers from borderline personality disorder, as a result both of these characters ' conditions eventually lead to Julian 's mother getting hit because of her cluelessness. During the whole short story Julian and his mother cannot communicate effectively and as a result they always make each

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