EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS BY ZZ PACKER PDF

As Pastor Everett made the announcements that began the service, Clareese Mitchell stood with her choir members, knowing that once again she had to Persevere, put on the Strong Armor of God, the Breastplate of Righteousness, but she was having her monthly womanly troubles, and all she wanted to do was curse the Brothers' Church Council of Greater Christ Emanuel Church of the Fire Baptized who'd decided that the Sisters had to wear white every Missionary Sunday, which was, of course, the day of the month when her womanly troubles were always at their absolute worst! And to think that the Brothers' Church Council of Greater Christ Emanuel Church of the Fire Baptized had been the first place she'd looked for guidance and companionship nearly ten years ago when her aunt Alma had fallen ill. And why not? They were God-fearing, churchgoing men; men like Deacon Julian Jeffers, now sitting in the first row of pews, closest to the altar, right under the leafy top of the corn plant she'd brought in to make the sanctuary more homey. We should make you a deacon! Deacons, like pastors, were men--not that she was complaining.

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During her 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. Later, with a patient, she finally voices what she believes and how she feels, allowing the readers to ultimately see her standing up for herself, and what she believes. This story jumps back from present to past, almost interchangeably.

By her using this technique the reader is able to get a better grasp of what is going on in both time periods, and to essentially compare them. This simple sentence takes us from the church to immediately back to the hospital where she works. 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.

Using this type of technique really allows the reader to get a grasp of a reality, and a realness to her story. Often when we, ourselves, are in church, 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.

Also even the use of not telling the entire backstory at once allows us to slowly get a grasp onto what happened. By telling it all at once takes away the reality, and truthfulness to this story, so Packer using this technique works really well. This constant use allows the story to remain constant, and understandable, instead of moving away from that.

She allows this to stay in order to keep a same sense of the story throughout. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content March 14, ravendillard. Share this: Twitter Facebook.

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Backstory in “Every Tongue Shall Confess”

ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story which helps it accomplish its overall goal. Packer first starts the backstory in this short story on the second page. However, the way she does it is really quite good. When she sees Deacon McCreedy, it sets off the start of a backstory that is important to the rest of the story.

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“Backstory in ‘Every Tongue Shall Confess'”

During her 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. Later, with a patient, she finally voices what she believes and how she feels, allowing the readers to ultimately see her standing up for herself, and what she believes. This story jumps back from present to past, almost interchangeably. By her using this technique the reader is able to get a better grasp of what is going on in both time periods, and to essentially compare them. This simple sentence takes us from the church to immediately back to the hospital where she works. 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.

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Backstory In ‘Every Tongue Shall Confess’

Backstory is an integral part of any story, whether it be an implied part of the fictional piece, or outright stated throughout the story. Without her backstory being explicitly stated, there would simply be no story. In present day, Clareese is attending a sermon, just like any other day. Essentially, when one of these segments, whether it be the past or present, got boring or stale, she would switch to the other.

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