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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In a dream-distorted reversal of Holy Communion, Eugenio gives Laura bleeding flowers from the Judas tree, the tree from which Judas hanged himself, which she greedily eats.

Which may suggest that Laura has the capacity to betray Braggioni and the revolution. Feb 19, Jara rated it it was amazing. Ivana rated it it was amazing Jun 11, In “Flowering Judas,” Laura and Braggioni are involved in the continuing leftist movement. She sometimes sneaks into a Catholic church to practice the religion of her youth, but she fails to embrace the church as an essential part of her life.

Born in the U. He lives his life as luxurious as he can without concern for those who have also fought alongside him in the revolution. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. He sits “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.

It may also be a case that Porter is exploring the theme of guilt. Why does Laura deliberately alienate herself? Despite his comrades being in jail Braggioni does nothing to help them. Maybe I set the bar too high in regards to midth century literature, but I was not impressed with this title. The author plays up the surprising similarities between the young seeker and the coarse commander by drawing parallels between the two.

Short Story Analysis: Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter – The Sitting Bee

Porter does not progress the porteg 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. Revolutionary aided by Laura. Although these two famous comments may initially sound contradictory, they actually complement each other and perceptively pinpoint the central quality of Porter’s art—her ability to make mere physical reality resonate with moral significance.


He seems to be more preoccupied with the spoils of war that he has accumulated for himself than he is on helping others. Plot takes place in Mexico and focuses on the inner fragmentation written in the 30’s: I don’t know if I’d have been inclined to read them otherwise: Nov 14, Andy Miller rated it liked it. When he is absent for a long time, katheeine languishes. Whether Laura alters her life as a result of the dream is open to question. Laura and Braggioni have two very different views when it comes to the revolution.

By means of a tactic that has dominated modern short fiction since Anton Floweding, Porter makes works such as “Flowering Judas,” which is her most famous story, appear to be realistic situations about people caught in specific moral dilemmas while at the same time they are spiritual allegories in which characters and objects are emblems of universal moral issues.

She infused some of herself into her protagonist, Laura.

Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter

When the poet makes an inappropriate pass at the younger sister her reaction and her mother’s unsupportive response to anticipates the development of the strong, independent woman characters in 20th century literature “Theft” is about a struggling actress whose bad luck is compounded by the theft of her purse, the link between her life and theft are described in this great paragraph “In this moment she felt she had been robbed of an enormous number of valuable things, whether material or intangible: These two disclosures—as well as the fact that Laura has a maid—suggest that she came from a well-to-do family, one that provided Laura fine clothes and riding lessons or perhaps even a horse.

Despite Gregor’s interesting talents and quirks, the book seemed rendered in a monotone, or monochrome, that barely distinguished the book’s high points from its transitional lulls.


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. Moreover, the very act of aligning herself with others violated the spirit of individuality on which she prided herself.

Persons she encountered during her stay in Mexico served as models for characters in the story. Your email address will not be published.

From time to time, the author presents the free-flowing thoughts of Laura, a technique that some literary critics identify with stream of consciousness. Imprisoned revolutionary whom Laura visits and gives narcotics. Refresh and try again. The author observes the poorter unities—that is, the tale unfolds in a single locale on a single day except for certain flashbacks ; there are no subplots. Despite her distaste for the powerful leader Braggioni, she endures his oppressive, off-key serenades.

The story appropriately opens with Laura face-to-face kayherine the revolutionary leader Braggioni, who is so much an incarnation of flesh that his every action compels both Laura and the reader to confront his bodily being. Denied his guiding hand, Laura devours the lush blossoms of the Judas tree he feeds her.

Porter tells the reader, for example, that Laura prefers elegant, hand-made lace collars to tawdry, machine-made lace collars produced by Mexican laborers. The action takes place in Mexico City in the early s at the home of the protagonist, Laura, on a spring evening after the end of the Mexican Revolution Porter also appears to be exploring the theme of corruption.

Braggioni also commits the sin of betrayal. This story boils down to: Fascinating Fact About Porter. This may be important as symbolically Porter may be suggesting that Laura has taken communion flesh and blood from the Judas tree. Granny Weatherall is on her deathbed with her doctor, priest and children at her side at different times. Nothing gains her full attention.