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The Life You Save May Be Your Own

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on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of The Life You Save May Be Your Own

The Life You Save May Be Your Own Summary An old woman and her daughter, Lucynell, live in a desolate, quiet place. Mr. Shiftlet, a "tramp" with half an arm, approaches the house and begins a conversation with the old woman about life. After a while, the old woman agrees to let Mr. Shiftlet stay if he works around the house and fixes things. The old woman convinces Mr. Shiftlet to marry Lucynell, who is deaf and has never spoken a word in her life. For their "honeymoon", Mr. Shiftlet takes Lucynell out for lunch. Mr. Shiftlet ditches her and rides off towards a town called mobile. He picks up a boy off the road for company, but the boy jumps out of the car upon the conversation of mothers. Mr. Shiftlet finally is engulfed in the "rottenness of the world" and follows a storm into Mobile. Lenses Our primary lens is personal response- seeing how O'Connor uses her writing to relate to what a reader experiences in everyday life. The secondary lens is a disability dialectic- seeing how the author utilizes the symbolism of disability to help a reader compare her characters' lives to their own. Claim O'Connor uses the symbolism of Tom Shiftlet's disability and the old woman's capability to show the relationship between the body and the soul and how it can affect the choices we make and how we experience and react to situations in life. Characterization Setting Plot Symbol Theme by Flannery O'Connor Shiftlet is physically disabled
body's appearance seems like a "tramp"
says he can fix anything
"a look of composed dissatisfaction" -Shiftlet understands disability/life

"a man is divided into two parts, body and spirit. The body, lady, is like a house: it don't go anywhere, but the spirit, lady, is like an automobile: always on the move, always..." Tom T. Shiftlet
The Old Woman
Lucynell Crater
Irony
Views of disabled Progress of characters and accomplishments/losses
Lucynell finding love, leaving home, learning a word
Mr. Shiftlet obtaining the car, finds a position of power
Old woman losing her daughter and her car set in the 1920's-1930's,
the disabled were looked down upon and made fun of (FDR good example)
Down south
The weather was always an important indicator of the characters' moods. -car & house- broken (disability)
-fixes them
-ends up sad & alone
-can't accept body/soul relationship
-doesn't consider himself disabled
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