Things That Rises Must Converge And A Rose For Emily By Flannery O ' Connor And William Faulkner

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“Everything That Rises Must Converge” and “A Rose for Emily”, written by Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, focus on the life of southern locals. In these two short stories each author mentions class status and the loss of status due to changes of the environment; these changes being historical events that greatly impacted the south. The stories focus around on two main events, the civil war and desegregation, and how the aftermath has affected the lifestyle of these women. Though these stories share the theme of lost status they differ in characterization, tone, and writing styles.
Both stories are in the Southern Gothic genre; Southern Gothic, a subgenre of Gothic fiction, and mainly focuses on the American south. One of the characteristics of this genre is that it centers around delusional and flawed characters; such as the Mother from “Everything That Rises Must Converge” and Miss Emily from “A Rose for Emily”. The Mother from O’Connor’s story shows signs of delusion when she refuses to acknowledge that she is no longer wealthy like her ancestors. She continuously talks about her grandfather, a former state governor, and the mansion she would visit as a child. When she speaks about these things it’s as if she hasn’t realized that her grandfather is dead and the mansion no longer belongs to them, she is still in the mind frame of her younger self refusing to fully grow up. Because she refuses to believe her new status in life, she goes on acting like she is better…

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