Flowering Judas Betrayal Essay

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This essay focuses on the theme of love, faith and mainly betrayal. It also aims to analyse the symbolism of the short story "Flowering Judas" written by an American fiction writer Katherine Anne Porter. The story is told in a third-person point of view describing Laura´s internal conflict, the difficulty to stay faithful to her moral as well as political beliefs.
The scene is set in Mexico City after the Obregon Revolution. The main protagonist, a young American teacher, comes to the town not only to educate Indian children, but also in support of the revolution, as a helper of the movement members and of the local leader Braggioni who would like to seduce her through singing songs. His arrogance, corruption, love for women, pleasure and luxury spoiled Braggioni´s ideals and loyalty to the movement. It appears that he betrayed his followers.
Another examples of betrayal are represented by Laura. To some extent she is responsible for the death of Eugenio, the imprisoned political activist. She once refused his love and then Eugenio died from an overdose of sleeping pills which Laura gave him. She even complied his last wish – not to call a doctor, even though the guilt troubled her later on. After the real trying to love and feel for the schoolchildren, Laura is not able to get closer to them and she remains to keep some distance. This position of rejection their favour can be also understood as betrayal towards the pupils and love in Laura´s life in general.
The author uses a literary technique called stream of consciousness in some parts of her prose portraying Laura´s internal thoughts. “Primarily associated with the modernist movement, stream of consciousness is a form of interior monologue which claims as its goal the representation of a lead consciousness in a narrative (typically fiction). This representation of consciousness can include perceptions or impressions, thoughts incited by outside sensory stimuli, and fragments of random, disconnected thoughts. Stream of consciousness writing often lacks "correct" punctuation or syntax, favoring a looser, more...

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