Flannery O'Conner's Everything that Rises Must Converge Essay

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Flannery O'Conner's Everything that Rises Must Converge

A diverse Point of View in literature is what produces the story. In each story the author shows you what they think is important by giving you a certain point of view. Whether it is a first person or a third person point of view, there is always a motive behind why the author chose that view.

“Everything that Rises Must Converge”, by Flannery O’Conner, deals with contentious issues of racism and the questionable validity of what is racism after the civil rights movement. In the portrayal of these sensitive issues, O’Conner utilizes a unique narrative point of view in order to maneuver the reader’s response to characters, situations, conflicts and issues. Through these
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Point of view in this passage was used in a unique way which allowed the readers to open up and grasp who was portraying the racism in the story. It puzzled the reader by making them query who actually the racist character in this passage was.

The third person limited point of view is also present in “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, also written by O’Conner. The main character, the grandmother, is limited because the other characters were represented in the story as well. What is interesting about this story and the characters, is that every character has a name besides the daughter in-law. This is where the reader can use their imagination and develop reasoning for why the grandmother refers to her daughter in-law as the “children’s mother”: “Bailey and the children’s mother sat in the front and they left Atlanta….”.(pg898) I interpret that the grandmother referred her as the “children mother” because she felt as if the her son was being taking from her. Once again the third person point of view allows the reader to interpret information in different ways; it is a unique way of writing and allows the reader to think about the analysis behind the author’s point of view.

In contrary Sherman Alexie uses first person point of view in his story “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven”. The first person narrative is more immediate than the third person. It can very easily show the internal thoughts and feelings of a character. In

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