Everything That Rises Must Converge Essay

1338 Words Nov 16th, 2008 6 Pages
Rising from Racism to Converge in Equality

Generations of people always grow up learning different beliefs from their parents, who usually still hold on to old fashioned beliefs and ideas. “Everything That Rises Must Converge”, by Flannery O’ Connor, is considered a humorous but enthralling tale of a college graduate named Julian who lives with his prejudiced mother. The story takes place a couple years after segregation ended in the South, and African Americans and Caucasians can share public transit. Throughout the story, O’Connor impresses the reader with her consequent message that people often resist growing away from bigotry towards self-awareness and love for all humankind, which is necessary for life to converge in equality.
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“Julian walked with his hands in his pockets, his head down and thrust forward and his eyes glazed with the determination to make himself completely numb during the time he would be sacrificed to her pleasure”(435). Because he cannot stand her old fashioned bigotry and ideas, he ignores her physical presence when he is with her. “Behind the newspaper Julian was withdrawing into the inner compartment of his mind where he spent most of his time. This was a kind of mental bubble in which he established himself when he could not bear to be a part of what was going on around him; It was the only place where he felt free of the general idiocy of his fellows” (439). This quote shows us that Julian feels out of place with his mother and other bus patrons. The word ‘idiocy’ being used by O’connor can confirm to us that Julian feels smugly superior when compared to ignorant people like his mother. These are the internal conflicts Julian faces in the story and in his life.

O’Connor sets up the scene on the bus to unfold the progression of rising from racism. The mother’s prejudice, in society, is what brings about more conflict. The fact that “She would not ride the buses by herself at night since they had been integrated”(434). shows us that she truly felt that society was wrong. She even exclaims that the “world is in a mess everywhere. I don’t know how we’ve let it get in this fix” (439). At the same time, the interaction on the bus brings conflict

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