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A Reading of Flannery O’Connors “Everything that Rises Must Converge”

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Everything that rises must converge is a short story which, without the aid of suspense that is often provoked in fiction by actions hanging on a bare thread in a whirling plot of intertwining – and perhaps incredible – events, catches the reader‟s attention until the very last word. The plot of the story could not be any simpler; a young bachelor takes his overweight mother by bus to a „reducing class‟ but before they reach the place the mother changes her mind, heads back home, has a stroke and is left by her helpless son dying or maybe dead as he goes to seek help. But parallel to the plot of events is a “plot" of revelation; as the insignificantly banal happenings take place, an unfolding of character slowly emerges before the reader‟s eyes.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 4)
M. R. M. Zadeh, "A Reading of Flannery O’Connors “Everything that Rises Must Converge”", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 4, pp. 5-10, 2013
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September 2013

O'Conner Flannery, Everything that Rises Must Converge, Penguin: Signet. New York 1983. ( Received 09 May 2013; accepted 11 May 2013 ).

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