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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Without such a commitment, she cannot fulfill any worthwhile dreams or hopes.

Porter also tells the reader that Laura learned to ride horses in Arizona. While some are dated, there are enough good ones to make reading the collection worthwhile “Maria Concepcion” is set in a rural Mexican village with an American Archaeologist searching for Indian artifacts and an armed revolution just miles away as a backdrop.

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. What happens to Laura after the story-ending dream is open to speculation.

The story mixes reminiscences of her life, especially of her being jilted before her eventual marriage to another man, with her dreams and confused conversations with those at her side “Flowering Judas” is about a young, attractive, virgin woman who goes to Mexico to support the revolution.

If Braggioni fails to fit the bill of a true revolutionist, so does Laura. Writing and Publication Dates. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The illusions Laura had about joining a great revolutionary movement to better society prove false. The story appropriately opens with Laura face-to-face with 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.

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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. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.

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The action takes place in Mexico City in the early s at the home of the protagonist, Laura, on a spring snne after the end of the Mexican Revolution Works among leftist revolutionaries in Mexico but refuses to commit herself completely to their cause. At age twenty-two, she resembles Katherine Anne F,owering herself, who traveled often to Mexico in her thirties, after the war ended.

Receives a Catholic upbringing. Then on his return she pleads for his forgiveness when the reality is it is Braggioni who should be seeking forgiveness from his wife.

Flowering Judas

Laura is caught in the disillusionment of all idealists—feeling “betrayed irreparably by the disunion between her way of living and her feeling of what life should be. She died a Catholic. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

Persons she encountered during her stay in Mexico served as models for characters in the story. Juas too much attention given to the linguistic and cultural problems of the border region between Mexico and the US.


Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter

Overall, I was disappointed. Laura experiences a deeply sensual capitulation to the great feeling behind her paradoxically daring and timid revolutionary activity.

Nothing gains her full attention.

Her students love foowering, but she stands aloof from them. The question is, will she alter her life to make amends for her failures? Laura, named perhaps for the unattainable and thus idealistic object of Petrarch’s love in his sonnets, is caught between her desire to embody her own ideals as a Marxist revolutionary in Mexico and her realization that the very nature of idealism means that it cannot be embodied.

Flowering Judas

The story shifts location, back and forth, between Demarkian’s home life in an an Armenian neighborhood in Philadelphia and his work assignment in Mattatuck, a New York town that’s summoned him to review a possibly humdrum suicide.

Yet she remains confused, fragmented, and alienated, as she wakes trembling with a cry. Though whether she does is left to each individual reader katherne decide.

It seems like the easiest story to follow but when you think about it and question the themes, you realize just how complex Porter wanted the story to be. This is a tough one to rate because some of the flowefing are stronger than others.

Aug 02, Kate Tooley rated it really liked it.