Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Flowering Judas." Katherine Anne Porter

Review: The disillusion of Laura a young woman who represents true revolutionary ideals contrasted with the hypocritical, fat, slovenly Braggioni, a powerful revolutionary leader in Mexico. He is a dangerous man and she must walk a fine line not to anger him. The Judas Tree, of course, is named for the betrayer of Christ. This short story has much symbolism. And Laura's dream about being led by Eugenio, who has died from taking a drug overdose, to the faraway land of death after she has eaten the flowers of the Judas Tree is powerful indeed. A true nightmare.
On one level, this story can be read as a mood piece centered on disillusionment with life and shattered ideals. You will need to type "Flowering Judas" into the search engines Bing or Google in order to find
interpretations of this story, its symbolism and its language. Such interpretations are beyond the scope of this short story review, which is designed to introduce you to the story so that you can read it in depth.

Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A. Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954.

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