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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I want you to cry tears for Jesus,'” page This simple sentence takes us from the church to immediately back to the hospital where she works. The tense does not change until the character is prompted by something or someone. Also, comfess creates a great transition. Both tongye these excerpts from the story demonstrate that the constructs of religion serve to keep women subservient to men: This site uses cookies. This story portrays that in this lifestyle, women are not only controlled by religion, but by men as well.

In her stories, religion Christianity, in particular is displayed in quite a negative light; it keeps women submissive, unhappy, and overly sheltered. Refresh and try again.

Those are the kinds of stories that Packer has written for her first and only short story collection. But it still rankled that Jeffers had said he’d get back to her about the Micah discussion group and he never had,” pages To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: They were God-fearing, churchgoing men Email required Address never made public.


Two Reasons Not to Hate or to Hate? 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.

She goes on to discuss her opinion that Republicans exploit many very religious individuals’ fear of change and straying from Christian values, in order to gain votes and support. The Pastor had failed to take her troubles into consideration and rather used her for his own gains in the church.

One of the prominent themes in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is religion. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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However, Packer exposes a different view of religion. The dialogue she constructs is very believable and at times made me laugh. Sister Clareese is actually molested by one of the so-called holy men, Deacon McCreedy, whom she hates. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards.

Backstory In ‘Every Tongue Shall Confess’

Valenti argues that evangelicals and policy makers push these ideals in order to keep women sshall and subservient. This documentary, 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.


This story further complicates the idea of religiousness with Clareese wanting to convert one of the men she is nursing back to health, whose name is Cleophus. With each transition between the main story and backstory, there is a piece of internal monologue from Clareese that prompts that cofness.

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

Packer seems to be questioning, not religion per say, but the false piety that exists in the world. She allows this to stay in order to keep a same sense of the story throughout.

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 zzz that we are at right at that moment, which is evidently shown in this short story. The troop is made up of girls that are mentally disabled. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Want to Read saving….