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How do the characterization and conflicts question the conventional psychological and social setbacks of institutionally educating children? From Flannery O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge"

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Wow, that's quite a question.  If I'm reading it correctly, inherent in the question is the assumption that Julian's problems are caused by the educational institution.  I'm just not willing to go that far; it seems pretty clear that Julian's character, choices, and conflicts all stem from his efforts to teach his mother some kind of a lesson. That's personal, not instuitutional.

Julian is a recent college graduate. "'He wants to write but he’s selling typewriters until he gets started,'" says his mother.  He's still living at home but can't wait to move out. We don't know what his degree is, but he's clearly not motivated to do much more than he has to in order to buy his cigarettes and live his self-centered life.  We know his mother has gone without to ensure he had everything he needed. She has also coddled him and made him too soft,...

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