Flowering Judas | Study Guide

Katherine Anne Porter

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Overview

Author

Katherine Anne Porter

Year Published

1930

Type

Short Story

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"Flowering Judas" is told by an unreliable third-person limited narrator who briefly veers into omniscience when a character is found dead as a result of suicide. The narrator Laura is also the protagonist. Laura's perspective shows the futility of the socialism that helped fuel the Mexican Revolution.

Tense

Most of "Flowering Judas" is written in the present tense, but it falls into past tense when past events and Laura's dream are featured.

About the Title

The title "Flowering Judas'' has religious roots. "Judas" refers to Jesus's desciple Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus and later hanged himself from the tree that was named for him. "Flowering" refers to Laura's growing potential to betray both Catholicism and the socialist cause that fuels the Mexican Revolution.

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