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Unformatted text preview: Intro to Literature The Reversal of Roles and Convergence of Generations In the story, Everything That Rises Must Converge, Flannery OConnor illustrates the relationship between a mother and her son. Their lives represent the gap between generations, and the contrast of their views on different aspects of life, such as integration, the rising of African Americans as they converge into the mainstream of society. The author displays the reversal of roles between Julian and his mother throughout the story. Julians mother represents the older generations. She is a hard-working mother who contains great pride and joy in her son, Julian. She has no hesitation in mentioning her son and his accomplishment of graduating college, to the woman on the bus, because of her pride in him. In spite of her sons ungratefulness towards her she continues to support him, providing everything he needs. She was a widow who had struggled fiercely to feed and clothe and put him through school and who was supporting him still, until he got on his feet. Though she is the mother, her role in the story resembles a child. Often it seems as though Julian is the authoritative figure who takes care of her, such as accompanying her to her reducing class. This is similar to taking a child to school. Throughout the story OConnor gives several descriptions of her similar to a child. Her eyes, sky-blue, were as innocent and untouched by experience as they must have been when she was ten.At that moment he could with pleasure have slapped they must have been when she was ten....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LCS *** taught by Professor ? during the Spring '05 term at Bryant.
- Spring '05
- Everything That Rises Must Converge