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

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What does the title refer to? What is rising and what is converging?

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Masterplots offers an excellent explanation of the title, and you can find the full discussion on the link below. Here is an excerpt:  "The title is a quotation from Catholic theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who imagined an “omega point” at which the “rising” or evolving human being would meet God. By analogy, people of the lower classes who “rise” socially must inevitably “meet” with the higher. To Mrs. Chestny in the story, Southern blacks “should rise, yes, but on their own side of the fence.” Her liberal son Julian tries to “teach her a lesson” about her prejudice, but it becomes clear that his overtures to a black man on the bus are motivated by scorn for his mother, not genuine sympathy."

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