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This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter. “Flowering Judas” is a short story by American. In Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter we have the theme of fear, apathy, power, corruption, guilt and betrayal. Taken from her collection. Katherine Anne Porter often spoke of her story “Flowering Judas” as the tale she liked best of all her stories because it came the nearest to what she meant it to.

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Such affectations and indulgences seem out of place in a cause that proclaims freedom for the peasants and for political prisoners in tortuous conditions. Rejects Catholicism but remains attracted to it. Some would call her a feminist, but not in the sense by which feminists are known today.

In the end, the tale was tepid. She is known for her penetrating insight; her works deal with dark themes such as betrayal, death and the origin of human evil.

He porteg “heaped” over his guitar and “heaves” himself into song, scratching the instrument as if it were a pet animal and taking the high notes in a “painful squeal. True peril lies in her would-be suitors. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 02, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was ok.

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The short story itself is, of course, included. His fat body, with its bulging stomach, symbolizes the extent to which power has corrupted him. Weather this is true katherinr not I have no idea.


Her students love her, but she stands aloof from them. Sometimes, rather than make a wrong choice, they make no choice at all; they simply languish. Laura is caught in the disillusionment of all idealists—feeling floweeing irreparably by the disunion between her way of living and her feeling of what life should be.

Becky rated it really liked it Feb 22, This casebook on “Flowering Judas” addresses Porter’s ambivalence su Katherine Anne Porter often spoke of her story “Flowering Judas” as the tale she liked best of all her stories because it came the nearest to what she meant it to be. However, in all of her activities, she lacks enthusiasm and commitment; she refuses to give fully of herself.

This act mocks the central act of the Roman Catholic mass: Despite her distaste for the powerful leader Braggioni, she endures his oppressive, off-key serenades. She lived for a time in early 20th Century Mexico, studying art and working as a teacher and journalist.

The story ends with the “holy talismanic word” Laura always uses to keep her from being led into evil but that also keeps her from jhdas involved in life—”No. Katherine Anne Porter book confusion 6 23 Jun 18, Return to Book Page. One may fairly argue that this fear springs from her lack of wholehearted commitment to an ideal or a goal. Laura, an adventurous young woman from the southwest U.

He commits suicide by overdosing on drugs.


Quotes from Flowering Judas. However, Laura avoids committing herself to anything or anyone.

“Flowering Judas” by Katherine Anne Porter: an analysis

Porter typically started her stories by writing the final line first and this example pulls inexorably towards its surrealist end. Persons she encountered during her stay in Mexico served as models for characters in the story. Facebook Twitter Email Print. Lives in Mexico in the early s. Porter does not progress the story further than Laura waking up from the dream so it is difficult to say for certain as to whether Laura does indeed betray Braggioni and the revolution. Jan 08, Eg rated it did not like it.

It is also noticeable that Laura is somewhat apathetic when it comes to Braggioni, the young man who recites poetry for her and the army officer.

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Refresh and try again. Want to Read saving…. Thus, if she dies in an accident, a natural disaster, or an incident of violence, she will die a failure. Her blue serge outfit, with its white collar, resembles the habit of a nun, an announcement to the world she wishes to live like a nun.