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What are examples of metaphor, simile, and personification in "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

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In "Everything That Rises Must Converge," Flannery O'Connor explores a young man's reaction to and handling of his elderly mother's adherence to tradition, social hierarchy, and racial prejudice. Throughout the story, O'Connor uses metaphor, simile, and personification to enhance the descriptions of characters as well as their actions and feelings.


One example of simile is when Julian, while waiting for his mother, "with his hands behind him, appeared pinned to the door frame, waiting like Saint Sebastian for the arrows to begin piercing him." Like the saint and martyr who was killed during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian, Julian is painfully and selflessly sacrificing himself to serve his mother and escort her to a weight-loss meeting. While this simile seems to exaggerate his service, it also implies the difficulty of his relationship with his mother.

In describing Julian’s mother’s hat, which has a purple velvet flap down one side of it and stands up...

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