Three by Flannery O'Connor: Wise Blood ; the Violent Bear It Away ; Everything That Rises Must Converge Themes

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At the time the stories were written, African Americans were often considered to be less than equal to Caucasians. This applies in all circumstances, regardless of religion, gender or class. Many of the characters, particularly the older ones, see this as a way of life and see nothing wrong with treating African Americans as nothing more than fixtures. There are many instances where the African Americans are servants and others where they are seen as those who are trying to rise above the past, and still others who simply accept their lot in life.

A good example of the differences in point of view regarding prejudice can be seen in "Everything That Rises Must Converge."

Julian wants to lord his education and social awareness over others, particularly his mother. The mother simply sees things as they are, particularly because she was raised in a house with slaves. The...

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