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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Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here After all of their interactions in the backstory, their story is finally resolved in the present day.

Reading Packer is to immerse yourself fully into a different time and different place than now, but many of the things she writes about are relevant to everyone. For the complete essay, please visit: Email required Address never made public.

However, the way she does it is really quite good. The racial tension in Brownies is further racketed up by the claim that one of the girls in Troop called one of the black girls, Daphne, a nigger. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. They were God-fearing, churchgoing men Here is a brief visual example. This story jumps back from present to past, almost interchangeably. I want you to cry tears for Jesus,'” page The backstory then, seems to connect to the end of the story by showing that Clareese has seen both kinds of people.


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.

Religion is typically thought of as something that empowers, strengthens, and saves, as is portrayed in the video zs. It seems that Packer wants readers, especially African American females, to be cautious of how much cofess they give to religion– to question who has power and why, to advocate for oneself, and to never simply accept the constructs of religion that force women into submission.

Not only do we get an unsavory portrayal of religious men, who are swayed from their religious oaths and trespass personal boundaries, but we see that not even religious women can forgive those that trespass against them.

She was first published in Seventeen magazine at the very young age of 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. Search for a book to add a reference. Also, this creates a great transition. Packer stories are so rich, offering the viewpoints of characters in situations so different from many xz us, that deal with things like religion and placement in the world yet can still poke fun and make condess laugh.

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Hayes High, roaming the halls together in their ankle-length skirts, their long-sleeved ruffled blouses, while the others watched them: Packer included aspects of her own oacker upbringing in her writing, demonstrating that this issue is not that of fantasy, but one that occurs daily; The Purity Myth further proves this point. The troop is made up of girls that are mentally clnfess. It is not until later in the story, when a patient at the hospital questions Clareese’s dedication to her religion, that she finally voices her opinions and no longer acts subservient.


Refresh and try again. One of the prominent themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is religion. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This constant hy allows the story to remain constant, and understandable, instead of moving away from that.

Themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This story also gives a representation of the strict hold religion can have over women and girls. She allows this to stay in order to keep a same sense of the story throughout. Deacons, like pasters, were men–not that she was complaining. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Packer first starts the backstory in this short story on the second page.

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However, Packer exposes a different view of religion. For instance, throughout the sermon taking place in present day, Clareese is mulling over a testimony that she could say. Skip to content March 14, ravendillard. You are commenting using your WordPress.