Everything That Rises Must Converge Questions and Answers
by Flannery O’Connor

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In "Everything That Rises Must Converge," what are the similarities and differences between these two mothers and two sons?

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In terms of differences, Mrs. Chestny and Julian, her son, are white. They, apparently, come from a family that used to be somewhat wealthy, as Mrs. Chestny is proud of the fact that her family once owned a plantation and two hundred slaves. In contrast, Carver and his mother are black. While Mrs. Chestny is relatively at ease and comfortable on the bus, especially before any black people get on, Carver's mother wears an expression that broadcasts the message, "Don't tamper with me." In fact, "Her face was set not only to meet opposition but to seek it out." Carver's mother seems prepared to do battle, while Julian's mother is, to Julian,...

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