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The existence of prejudice and racism greatly affected America in the mid to late 1960s In more than one way people at that time still lived as their ancestors with very strict social conduct concerning their behavior between blacks and whites Even though these traditions no longer applied and had been outlawed there were still people who were set in old traditions and adhered to discrimination On the opposite side of that spectrum there were those people who claimed to reject the older social order but found it hard to act on their acclaimed convictions and treat people not of their race as normal people As a method of describing desegregation Flannery OConner uses irony theme and symbolism to tell of a mother and son who struggle with this conflict during the 1960s in her story Everything That Rises Must Converge OConner describes her theme of the wider social conflict of race relationships as she uses the volatile relationship between Julian and his mother to connect the issues of desegregation in the 1960s Both his mother and Julian rely heavily on others appearance to evaluate and separate themselves from the rest of society and community For example Julians mother uses dress and her outward appearance to try and hide the fact that she no longer has her familys fortune of the past She looks down on the black man even though he is dressed better than her son and judges the large black woman despite the fact that they are wearing the same hat Julian uses his college education as a form of distinguishing himself from the rest of the population He repeatedly denounces that nobody gives a damn whom his mother is true culture is in the mind the mind he says while tapping his head the mind OConner 200 This is a true attempt to cover his failure as a writerDesegregation was eagerly accepted by idealistic Southerners who promised a society of prosperity
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