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Flannery OConnors Everything That Rises Must Converge and Good Country People have extremely complex story lines What makes these stories so involved is how the characters relate to others Discovering who the characters in the stories are and what they represent becomes the readers purpose and goal In order to truly understand her stories the reader must look deeper than the surface The underlying messages must be searched for as a person looking for hidden treasure In the first story the character Julian is the key to unlocking the meaning behind the story Julian has gone to college and has developed his mind Because of this he views himself as superior to those around him especially his mother The mother although given to prejudices has a kind heart This seems to be the main difference between these two characters Julian puts more stock in how educated a person is and the importance of having a well-developed mind He sees his mother as lost in the past He says to her You havent the foggiest idea where you stand now or who you are Her sky-blue eyes are described as innocent and untouched by experience as they must have been when she was ten Although Julians mother is proud of his education she knows a heart full of love is more important than a head full of empty knowledge He believes that it is foolish to let feelings get in the way of facts He believes that he is unafraid to face facts Is he really though He has cut himself emotionally free from his mother and from society in general but is he completely objective Since Julians is the only mind offering us opinions we must sooner or later decide how far we can trust him The mansion that is brought up in conversation between Julian and his mother is symbolic of the old South Julians thoughts concerning the
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