Everything That Rises Must Converge


Flannery O’Connor

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The Hat

Both Julian’s Mother and Carver’s Mother wear identical hats that are eccentric and expensive, which represents the changing culture of the newly-integrated South. The identical hats point to several new convergences between races: both a…

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The Penny

Traditional white Southern culture was simultaneously invested in propriety and manners and in a racist and immoral understanding of the value of human life. Julian’s Mother’s gift of the penny to Carver, a black…

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