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LIBERALISM OR EMPATHY In Flannery OConnors Everything That Rises Must Converge Julians character defies the stereotypical liberal mind of modern day It is my opinion that a truly liberal minded person looks beyond outward appearances of others and does not judge others based on race religion class sexual orientation or any other social grouping In his preoccupation with the race of others Julian is not truly the liberal mind he believes himself to be Mrs Chesney clearly finds the de-segregation of North America a difficult transition Having been raised in a family of slave owners Mrs Chesney has learned her views from family opinions and experiences Mrs Chesneys character is a representative of the Old South whereas Julian represents the New South In this respect I wont deny that the story does portray Mrs Chesney as the racist with her son Julian as her foil a new age reflection of changed ideals I believe that Julian is a good representative of how society has grown and united The character has not risen above separation of race entirely Having grown up in an already integrated society it is easier for Julian to relate to and accept people of another race as equals However the opinions of Julians mother have not evaded Julian entirely Mrs Chesney is very open about her opinions on segregation and the inferiority of the black members of society they should rise yes but on their own side of the fence 399 Having been raised by his mother it would be difficult for Julian to not have been subject to her opinions It is apparent that with his mothers opinions burning in his head Julian is forced to confront his own feelings Julian aggressively voices his opinion that his mothers opinions are wrong and out of date will you look around you and see where you are now 399 Julian makes a conscious effort
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