Everything That Rises Must Converge
by Flannery O'Connor
Everything That Rises Must Converge Theme of Religion
Religion is kind of an under-the-radar theme in "Everything That Rises Must Converge," but once you start to notice it—it's everywhere. But O'Connor, who was a devout Roman Catholic, doesn't hit us over the head. She interweaves religious references to create a tone of mystery that brings us into a sacred space. She's a guide rather than a preacher—and, even though religion saturates the pages, it isn't hitting us over the head with a bible.
Questions About Religion
- Why do you think O'Connor uses Saint Sebastian when describing Julian?
- Do you think any character in the story could be considered a good person?
- Find examples in the text where O'Connor mentions sin or sinning. What's the context? Why does she use these words?
- Do you think there is a sound argument for or against the notion of separate but equal in terms of religion? What would Jesus think?
Chew on This
In "Everything That Rises Must Converge" both Julian and his mother believe they are on the righteous path.
In terms of the story, Julian is a sinner and his mother is a saint.