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Historically literature has presented its readers with a dominant male gender and has produced an inferior female Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery OConnor is a perfect example of literature that exhibits the values and characteristics of the traditional woman It exposes the common stereotypes associated with women and identifies with the tribulations of a struggling female in a setting where prejudices ran rampant Its main character portrays every womans desperate struggle to succeed and to achieve a sense of identity during a time of her life where the odds were stacked against her The main character a lonely widow is immediately portrayed to the reader as a woman with very little in life to be thankful for She suffers from high blood pressure and poor health while she has raised a son who shows no gratitude for the sacrifices she has made to provide him with a better lifestyle Together she and her son Julian live in a lowly apartment situated in a slum Their bleak lifestyle is presented in the very beginning of this story to almost gain sympathy for this poor mother It is implied that the financial status of a family is solely dependent upon the dominant male figure of the household Julian who bears this burden alone because of his fathers death is a recent graduate of college and does not make money This family finds itself with a lack of income because Julians mother plays the role of a traditional woman who is not successful in the realm of business This traditional role of the female gender is also shown by this familys predecessors Julians grandparents and even great-grandparents were very well to do because of their land acquisitions and position in government However their wealth was credited to his grandfather and great-grandfather rather than his grandmother and great-grandmother Your great-grandfather was a former governor Your grandfather was a prosperous land-owner Your grandmother was a Godhigh His
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