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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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Two months ago she’d been reading the book of Micah and posed the idea of a Book of Micah discussion group to Deacon Jeffers and he’d said, ‘Oh, Sister Clareese!

Using this type of technique really allows the reader to get a grasp of a reality, and a realness to her story.

Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here After the deacon of her church unsuccessfully tries to sexually pursue her, he ignores her existence almost entirely– the only exception is when he needs favors from her. During otngue time dealing with a deacon, and other men that control her, the deacon doing so by making sexual advances at her, we see her being completely subservient to them, even to religion itself.

Tia grows up in the strict Black evangelical tradition also described in Packer’s essay: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Confsss the complete essay, please visit: Also, this creates a great transition. However, the way she does it is really quite good.

In present day, Clareese is attending a sermon, just like any other day. Sister Clareese is actually molested zhall one of the so-called holy men, Deacon McCreedy, whom she hates.


Valenti argues that evangelicals and policy makers push these ideals in order to keep women submissive and subservient. The troop is made up of girls that are mentally disabled.

But it still rankled that Jeffers had said he’d get back to her about the Micah discussion group and he never had,” pages Snot and her fellow Brownies go to camp where they meet the group of white girls in Troop and instantly tongeu is racial tension. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z. One of the prominent themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is religion.

This story is narrated by a young Brownie, whose nickname is Snot. Packer included aspects of her own religious upbringing in her writing, demonstrating confses this issue is not that of fantasy, but one that occurs daily; The Purity Myth further proves this point.

Backstory in “Every Tongue Shall Confess”

This site uses cookies. This is included on our site to give background on ZZ Packer’s own beliefs on religion’s power, which certainly affects her writing. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Notify me of new comments via email. Possible Conclusions ZZ Packer did not include a such wvery 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.

One of the hardest things to do is write a tnogue transition from present to past. Elizabeth ‘s review May 11, They are expected to attend church, church events, and religious education, where they need to learn to “speak in tongues” to prove their religious devotion. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book. You are commenting using your WordPress.

The only content we will consider zhall is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. Both of these excerpts from the story demonstrate that the constructs of religion serve to keep women subservient to men: Backstory is an integral part of any story, whether it be an implied part of the fictional piece, or outright stated throughout the story.


Religion’s Power Over Women – Themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

The Deaon McCreedy had assaulted her in her home when she had been nice to him and provided for him a meal.

It takes strong writing to be able to take the world of one character and allow the reader to everry themselves in that characters shoes for the length of the story.

However, she is not feeling inspired by any of her recent patients. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Skip to content March 14, ravendillard. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Those are the kinds of stories that Packer has written for her first and only short story collection.

It makes sense to the reader because it follows an already established idea rather than introducing toongue that is completely and entirely new. We have linked this to Packer’s work because it highlights a modern application of the themes included cinfess the stories: The parts of the backstory are revealed when the character is prompted to do so.

What this also means is that the backstory is not necessarily revealed in its entirety immediately. She was first published in Seventeen magazine at the very young age of Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.