Everything That Rises Must Converge Questions and Answers
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What is the theme of "Everything That Rises Must Converge"?

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To reduce this story down to a one word theme, we might identity the theme as "change" or, in a phrase, "the morality of change". However, a more extensive reading of the theme allows us to identify a number of ideas related to change that are expressed in this story. 

Resistance to change and insistence on change are attributes that help to polarize Julian and his mother. She holds a nostaligic and idealized view of the past, of childhood, and of the way things once were in general.

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