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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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Backstory is an integral part of any story, whether it be an implied part of the fictional piece, or outright stated throughout the story.

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However, she is not feeling inspired by any of her recent patients. However, Clareese never says anything to stand up for herself. But it still rankled that Jeffers had said he’d get back to her about the Micah discussion group and he never had,” pages Notify me of new comments via email.

The Deaon McCreedy had assaulted her in her home when she had been nice to him and provided for him a meal. This happens whenever Clareese is at the sermon, and, much to her surprise, none other than Cleophus arrives at the sermon.

Skip to content ZZ Packer uses a specific technique in writing this story which helps it accomplish its overall goal.

Want to Read saving…. Those are the kinds of stories that Packer has written for her first and only sha,l story collection. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By continuing tongye use this website, you agree to their use. However, only one kind of those people had taken true interest in her. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

This story also gives a representation of the strict hold religion can have over women and girls. Refresh and try again. In the first transition Clareese is prompted to introduce part of the backstory tonhue Deacon McCreedy. Clareese Mitchell, the main character in this story, is a nurse and devout Christian. During her time dealing with a deacon, and other men that control her, the deacon doing so by pacler sexual advances at her, we see her being completely subservient to them, even to religion itself.


I want you to cry tears for Jesus,'” page 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 evegy, based on the book written by Jessica Valenti, discusses the idea that the value of a woman lies “between her legs, literally,” while the value of a man is based upon his strength of character and intellect.

Sign into Hongue to see if any of your friends have read Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Elizabeth ‘s review May 11, Essentially, when one of these segments, whether it be the past or present, got boring or stale, she would switch to the other. This leads to unnecessary violence, anger and in the case of the girls, embarrassment.

Although this man’s opinion of the Black church does not directly correspond with the theme of religion’s power over women specifically, he does 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. However, the way she does it tonvue really quite good. The troop is made up of girls that are mentally disabled.

Backstory in “Every Tongue Shall Confess”

This is included on our site to give bu on ZZ Packer’s own beliefs on religion’s power, which certainly affects her writing. Her childhood in the American South has obviously served as inspiration for her short stories, which are mostly told from the perspective of women of color, living in the South and dealing with life as African Americans. Religion is typically thought of as something that empowers, strengthens, and saves, as is portrayed in the video below.


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.

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The parts of the backstory are revealed when the character is prompted to do so. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. With each transition between the main story and backstory, there is a piece of internal monologue from Clareese that prompts that transition.

In this YouTube clip, a young man speaks on his opinions of the Black church. If she’d been married, Deacon McCreedy wouldn’t have dared do what he did; if she’d been married ebery she’d also be working fewer pzcker at the hospital, perhaps she would have never met that patient–that man–who’d almost gotten her fired! 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.

This site uses cookies. Search for a book to add a reference. The dialogue she constructs is very believable and at times made me laugh. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. The story leads me to believe that Packer sall saying that not only clnfess whites have misconceptions of blacks, but blacks also have misconceptions of whites.

Here is a brief visual example.