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Three Common Themes Flannery OConnor tends to use similar themes in her short stories There are three common themes in her short stories AEverything That Rises Must Converge AGood Country People and AA Good Man is Hard to Find The transition between the old south and the new is present in each of Flannery OConnors three short stories discussed Flannery OConnor also strongly emphasizes the mother-child relationship in her three short stories Finally in Flannery OConnors work there is a common theme where there is a form of evil that changes the lives of the main characters in her stories forever Themes help a story flow and Flannery OConnor choose to use similar themes in each of her short stories These interpretations fit into how OConnor chose to write her pieces of work The short story AEverything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery OConnor tells the story of Julian the main character and his thoughts and feelings toward his mother Julian is a college graduate who has a fair understanding of the world he lives in and because of this finds difficulty dealing with his mother and her views of the world The plot of the story revolves around a bus trip that Julian and his mother take Once a week Julians mother goes to the local Y for her reducing class Julian accompanies her on the bus ride over and back because she is uncomfortable riding alone since the buses have been integrated The ride is nothing more than a necessary evil to him it is seen as a time in which he would be sacrificed to her pleasure In Good Country People by Flannery OConnor Manley Pointer a traveling Bible salesman visits the Cedars home to Mrs Hopewell and her daughter Joy who has renamed herself Hulga to spite her mother Pointers visit brings the arrogant disdainful young woman to a climactic point in her life where she must
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