Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the the story the reader realises that Porter may be exploring the theme of fear and apathy. If anything Braggioni is apathetic towards his comrades and may in fact be betraying them by his lack of help.
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Then on his return she pleads for his forgiveness when the reality is it is Braggioni who should be seeking forgiveness from his wife.
Crying continuously for him while he is away fighting. Braggioni has come to represent the disunion between her idealistic view of life and the life she is actually living.
The legendary virginity of the gringita spurs Braggioni and other potential lovers into constant She may be dispirited and may not want any part of the revolution. This may be important as symbolically Porter may be suggesting that Laura has taken communion flesh and blood from the Judas tree.
It is possible that Laura is deliberately alienating herself from not only Braggioni but others too due to the fact that she is able to see the negative side of revolution. He seems to be more preoccupied with the spoils of war that he has accumulated for himself than he is on helping others.
She teaches the Indian children, attends union meetings, visits political prisoners, smuggles letters and drugs, and delivers messages. She is afraid of him, as he is known for his cruelty and vanity.
It may also be a case that Porter is exploring the theme of guilt. Laura while she is being led by Eugenio eats the flowers from the Judas tree.
To the Mexicans who know her and see her in the street, Laura is an erotic mystery. If things had of been different Eugenio would still be alive. Laura is looking for practicality while Braggioni is happy to enjoy the spoils of war and continue fighting while at the same time forgetting about those who have paid a heavier price than him.
It may also be important that Laura feels as though she is unable to connect with the school children that she teaches as this would further play on the theme of isolation. Though the revolution is a part of her daily life she sees the negative side of it unlike Braggioni who is more focused on himself.
Laura on the other hand through her experience with the men in prison and the school children realises that with revolution comes the need for structured change which appears to have happened.
It is also possible that Laura fears for the future particularly if the reader considers how selfish Braggioni has been. The end of the story is also interesting as Porter appears to be using a dream sequence to further explore the theme of betrayal. Mrs Braggioni is fanatical about her husband.
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. Though she is helping others the prisoners and the school children she does not want for anything materially.
She instead tries to embrace revolutionary theories but without much success. Porter also appears to be exploring the theme of corruption. Despite his comrades being in jail Braggioni does nothing to help them. Laura and Braggioni have two very different views when it comes to the revolution. Something that Braggioni may not be aware of due to his idealism.
For the past month he has been spending the evenings with her. Such is the power that Braggioni wields those around him are afraid to upset or cross him. Though some critics might suggest that Laura is showing an independent streak when it comes to the men in the story it is more likely that she is uncomfortable with the position she finds herself in and may prefer to alienate or isolate herself from others.Taking a cue from Judas who revealed Christ’s identity to his persecutors with a kiss, “Flowering Judas” by Katherine Anne Porter, a short story published inrevolves around themes of betrayal.
Start studying Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. In Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter we have the theme of fear, apathy, power, corruption, guilt and betrayal.
Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the the story the reader realises that Porter may be exploring the theme of fear and apathy. Flowering Judas and Other Stories by Katherine Anne Porter and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at mint-body.com “Flowering Judas” () Katherine Anne Porter imagine reverence of emotion conveyed with more precision than in this story The portrait of Braggioni is a triumph of deflation in few words The methods of this style—understatement, rigid selection and character of Braggioni poses to Laura What is the moral reality here.
In “Flowering Judas,” Laura, after teaching school and visiting Eugenio in prison, comes home to be warned by Lupe, the maid, that Braggioni is .Download