A detailed analysis of O’Connor’s brilliant short story, including its plot (inciting moment, climax, denouement, recognition, reversal, and catastrophe); its protagonist, antagonist, and minor characters; themes; irony; point of view; symbolic names; and the source and importance of the story’s title.
The five-page student handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity.
An answer key is provided on separate pages.
Incorporated into this key is a note to the teacher on why the mother of the story should not be called Mrs. Chestny, as she is in some scholarly studies of “Everything That Rises Must Converge.”
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.