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Everthing That Rises Must ConvergeIn Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery OConnor used two fictional characters Julian and his mothers to contrast with each other on how they react to different changes that were taking place in their lives From the outlook the story took place in a time when slavery was outlawed in America and when black people were allowed to ride on bused with white people As Julian and his mother had demonstrated in the story the major change that was taking place during that period time was the changes in values and thoughts held by two generations of people In the story Julians mother was representative of the older school of thought in America- the black people were inferior to whites in capabilbties and social status Ahe would not ride on the buses by herself at night since they had been integrated She had to ask her son to ride the bus with her Her worries of her safety when sharing buses with black people was indicative of her prejudiced feelings toward the black race in general On the other hand Julian who had just graduated from college represented the younger and more educated generation To him judging others based on their skin color was ignorant and racist Different from his mother Julian refused to see the neighborhood that they lived in as fashionable as the way that his mother had perceived it to be It was because in reality the neighborhood was poor Times were changing and people were different Black people could also be doctors lawyers and intellectuals and yet Julians mother still chose to remember the time when Julians great-grandfather had a plantation and two hundred slavesThe characters different attitudes toward changes were also reflected through their different responses to their encounter on the bus For exanple while Julians mother preferred to have all-white passengers on the bus Julian chose to sit next to a black man when he
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