In the three stories we read by Flannery O'Connor; "The Comforts of Home", "Everything That Rises Must Converge", and "The Enduring Chill", the major relationship portrayed was between mothers and their hypersensitive sons. While all of the major characters, the sons, were noticeably similar, the lesser characters of the mothers were also very alike in many ways. Many of their views, gestures and outward qualities paralleled throughout the stories. After rereading all of the stories again I came to the realization that the mothers O'Connor wrote in her stories were variations of the same person.
One of the qualities that jump out first is that all three mothers are incredibly proud of their sons, even if they have no reason to be. Julian's mother loves to tell people how her "son finished college last year. He wants to write but he's selling typewriters until he gets started" (10). She does not care that he has not truly written anything, but that he has graduated college and that he is trying to get his life on track. She is constantly reminding him that "Rome wasn't built in a day" (11), and she truly believes this about her son; that eventually he will go places with his writing. Mrs. Fox, Asbury's mother, while not particularly glad that he is a writer, is proud that he is an artist and has every faith that her son "might be writing a long book" (90). While not as vocal about how she is proud of her son, she is happy that he is doing what he wants; writing. Thomas' mother was often found boasting about her son to Star Drake. In the two's first meeting, Thomas' mother tells Star that "Thomas writes history He's the president of the local Historical Society this year" (123). This statement alone proves that she is impressed by what her son does and what he has become in his life, otherwise I doubt his mother would have mentioned it. A lot of the pride these mothers have in their son's may be due to the fact that, except in the... [continues]
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