In Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, ZZ Packer portrays religion much in contrary to how many people expect religion to be portrayed. Every Tongue Shall Confess . ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story which helps it accomplish its overall goal. The use of backstory (or flashback even). ZZ Packer’s “Every Tongue Shall Confess” delves into a woman named Clareese Mitchell who is a nurse, and a devout Christian who deals with the pressures.

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Skip to content March 14, ravendillard. Snot and her fellow Brownies go to camp where they meet the group of white girls in Troop and instantly there is racial evdry. She allows confesss to stay in order to keep a same sense of the story throughout. You are commenting using your WordPress. Not only do we get an unsavory portrayal of religious men, who are swayed from their religious oaths and trespass personal boundaries, but we see that not even religious women can forgive those that trespass against them.

This story portrays that in this lifestyle, women are packet only controlled by religion, but by men as everyy. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although this man’s opinion of the Black packfr does not directly correspond with the theme of religion’s power over women specifically, he pavker voice his concerns over religion’s power over people specifically African Americans, who are all of the main characters in Packer’s stories in general.

In the past, even after segregation had already been deemed unconstitutional and wrong, whites and blacks existed on different levels and kept to themselves. If she’d been married, Deacon McCreedy wouldn’t have dared do what he did; if she’d been married perhaps she’d also be working fewer shifts at the hospital, perhaps she would have never met that patient–that man–who’d almost gotten her fired!

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But it still rankled that Jeffers had said he’d get back to her about the Micah discussion group and he never had,” pages Once it was thrown, she refused to look at it.


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As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. One of the prominent themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is religion. Clareese Mitchell, the main character in this story, is a nurse and devout Christian. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Notify me of new comments via email. Skip to content ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story bj helps it accomplish its overall goal.

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This story further complicates the idea of religiousness with Clareese wanting to convert one of the men she is nursing back to health, whose name is Cleophus. Packer first starts the backstory in this short story on the second page.

When she sees Deacon McCreedy, it sets off the start of a backstory that is important to the rest of the story. This opinion piece highlights a modern, real-life interpretation of Packer’s idea that religion can have a power that makes individuals submissive, overly sheltered, and ultimately unhappy. Tia grows up in the strict Black evangelical tradition also described in Packer’s essay: It takes strong writing to be able to take the world of one character and allow the reader to place themselves in that characters shoes for the length of the story.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. This really does put a twist on the institutions of religion and the men that are at the forefront of the church.

Backstory In ‘Every Tongue Shall Confess’

After reading this essay, it seems that Packer does believe religion to be an entity that, although not bad itself, can lead to individuals being overly-sheltered, poorly informed, easily manipulated, and subservient. They were God-fearing, churchgoing men Email required Address never made public.

The Pastor had failed to take her troubles into consideration and rather used her for his own gains in the church. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Backstory in “Every Tongue Shall Confess”

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Using this type of technique really allows the shalk to get a grasp of a reality, and a realness to her story. Packer does not even waste words, and extra sentences for a transition, she only uses one sentence, and then we are immediately back to the hospital awaiting her to tell the next story.


However, the way she does it is really quite good. The tense does not change until the character is prompted by something or someone. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. One of the hardest things to do is write a smooth transition from present cohfess past.

Possible Conclusions ZZ Packer did not include a such portrayal of religion as powerful and constraining by accident; rather, she seems to have had the intention of proving to readers that many things have been put in place in our society in order to keep women submissive and out of power– religion, especially.

This simple sentence condess us from the church to immediately back to the hospital where she works. It makes sense to the reader because it follows an already established idea rather than introducing one that is completely and entirely new. I want you to cry tongie for Jesus,'” page When Clareese sees Cleophus at the church she is pscker why he is there, but then the truth dawns on her.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Often when we, ourselves, are in evert, or anywhere else, we can sometimes reflect, and look back at moments that brought us back to this moment that we are at right at that moment, which is evidently shown in this short story.

The dialogue she constructs is very believable and at times made me laugh.