Add in a heaping cup of the Civil Rights Movement. Mix it all up with a spoonful of molasses-thick tension, and you get … a shocking situation involving a bus, a penny, and a very, very large purse. We thought you might be. She died in when she was just 39 of lupus, the same disease that killed her father. Although she never considered herself liberal or political, she wrote during a time of extreme social change.
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Add in a heaping cup of the Civil Rights Movement. Mix it all up with a spoonful of molasses-thick tension, and you get … a shocking situation involving a bus, a penny, and a very, very large purse. We thought you might be. She died in when she was just 39 of lupus, the same disease that killed her father. Although she never considered herself liberal or political, she wrote during a time of extreme social change. She was deeply religious when those around her were becoming more and more secular.
She managed to incorporate what was going on in the South with integration and civil rights without making it the focus of her writing. The moment you walk out the door, people are judging you. We may not like it, but people make assumptions based on what we wear and how we look—and we do just the same to them. LOL, everything was so different then, right? Every character has a distinguishing feature or item of clothing—a hat, protruding teeth, or red shoes. This idea of making judgments is powerful because it makes us think: why do we wear what we wear?
Why do other people where what they wear? What do you think when you see someone dressed in overalls versus someone dressed in a tuxedo?
Sure, making judgments is just part of the tools we use to get through life.
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
A subgenre of American literature, Southern Gothic writing utilizes strange events, eccentric characters, and local color to create a moody and unsettling depiction of life in the American South. Southern history figures prominently, and stories usually draw upon the tragic history of slavery, lingering feelings of defeated regional pride after the Civil War, and isolated, often neglected, locales. People, places, and events in Southern Gothic literature appear to be normal at first glance, but they eventually reveal themselves to be strange, disturbing, and sometimes horrific. Despite the often apocalyptic, surreal tone of her writing, her works always contain believable actions and choices. Dirty children squat outside these houses in a neighborhood that has long passed its prime. Southern history unfolds once again as both Julian and his mother fantasize about lost plantations and prestige, forcing readers to confront the uncomfortable and vexing legacy of slavery.
Everything That Rises Must Converge