Flannery O’Connor was known for writing characters who had dubious moral and intellectual capabilities, and she often liked to write on the theme of the tragic realities of everyday life. She often linked her writing to religion and how the world had become ignorant of values. In her short story, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, she tells the story of three odd and grotesque characters. The short story begins with a man, Mr. Tom Shiftlet, coming upon Lucynell Crater and her daughter, Lucynell. The man seems a bit odd and he only has one arm. He fixes up their plantation and the old car and gains the trust of the women. He even teaches the deaf Lucynell how to say the word “bird.” The mom wishes deeply for a son-in-law and she feels that the …show more content…
Shiftlet. Mrs. Crater talks Mr. Shiftlet into marring her daughter and then she sends them off for their honeymoon in the newly fixed car. The end proves very dramatic. When learning the fates of Mrs. Crater, Mr Shiftlet, and Lucynell, it leads one to wonder how their fates relate to the title of O’Connor’s short story, The Life You Save May Be Your Own. To begin, Mrs. Crater’s fate really relates to the title The Life You Save May Be Your Own. Towards the end of the short story, she completely and utterly trusts Mr. Shiftlet. She trusts him so much that she gives him her daughters hand in marriage. Mrs. Crater desperately wishes for a son-in-law but she said she won’t ever let no man take her away from her. After Mr. Shiftlet teaches Lucynell how to say the word “bird” (the first word she’s ever spoken) Mrs. Crater hints at the marriage by saying she wants him to teach her to say “sugar pie.” The very last scene with Mrs. Crater in the short story is when she is saying goodbye to the couple for the weekend. She has tears in her eyes because she’s never been …show more content…
The short story ends with her marrying Mr. Shiftlet and then being abandoned by him at a diner while she’s sleeping. Lucynell has pink-blonde hair and “the girl was nearly thirty but because of her innocence it was impossible to guess” (The Life You Save May Be Your Own). She was deaf and could not say a word until Mr. Shiftlet taught her to say “bird.” She was innocent and uncorrupted, an "angel of Gawd." Mrs. Crater knew that Mr. Shiftlet wanted a women who was innocent and she also wanted a son-in-law. To her, he was the perfect opportunity for her and her daughter. Lucynell is blind to the cruelties of the world, she’s a beautiful prize. But, because of her mother's blind selfishness, Lucynell is wed to an imposter and is abandoned. It is sad that this beautiful, innocent, and deaf girl is left to probably become corrupted by the world and the cruel people in it. Lucynell had no choice in her marriage and going away with Mr. Shiftlet, and she was not able to make her own decisions. She wasn’t capable of saving her own
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Perspectives Based on the perceptives on Flannery O’Connor personality she is described to be a loner. O’Connor has a different way of think from other authors because of her “sly humor, her disdain for mediocrity, and her often merciless attacks on affection and triviality.” (Gordon) She wrote her works to fit a new style a dark humor with Southern Gothic theme. O’Connor shows how grotesque the world is and how it needs a light to help change the world. Her works of irony is her main contribution to the world.
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American Female Writers The role of the American woman and how she perceives herself has continued to change throughout American history. I have chosen three very different but equally influential women for their times. First, there is Sarah Orne Jewett, who wrote of gender roles and coming of age. Second, there is Flannery O’Connor, who through he Southern Grotesque style still managed to express her spiritual and universal view of humanity.
Literary Analysis ENG2106 Student name: Li Michaela Bernice Student ID: 4002551 Word count: Grace and sins Flannery O’Connor was a Southern author from America who frequently wrote in a Southern Gothic style and depended vigorously on local settings and bizarre characters. Her works likewise mirrored her Roman Catholic faith and regularly examined questions of morality and ethics. She created violence in the end of both “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge” to put the stories to the end. She asserted that she has found that violence is strangely capable of returning her characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace, and also violence is the extreme situation that best reveals who
When reading a few of Flannery O’Connor’s stories, one cannot help but make a connection with her intensive stories and those of a television show. Both take mostly everyday people and exaggerate them into an absurd nature. Her stories and television shows use shock factors to draw in readers and viewers, respectively. While television shows tend to vary in themes and messages, Flannery O’Connor’s short stories tend to be focused on a few limited messages and themes. Television shows are mostly mindless channels of entertainment, Flannery O’Connor uses her characters not only to entertain, but to also cause readers to reflect inward and think.
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Flannery O’Connor’s Effect in Her Writing Flannery O’Connor is a well-known southern writer in American literature who died at the age of 39 from lupus, an illness she long fought for. Her style of writing is very unique as it focuses on the South. She is popular for writing stories concerning religion. She, being a Catholic, believes there is good and evil in this world and that faith is something everybody believes in, views that most of her characters do not share. When discussing her stories, O’Connor claims, “All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.”
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” written by Flannery O’Connor, tells the story of a handicap man, Tom Shiflet, who is searching for salvation and redemption. O’Connor incorporates symbols and historical context to create a vivid description of the the selfishness and greed of Americans during this time period. He came upon Mrs. Carter, and offered to fix her automobile. As the story progresses, he was introduced to Mrs. Crater 's mute daughter, Lucynell, and decides to marry her. He begins to drive off with the automobile, wedding money, and Lucynell.
Flannery O'Connor was a devoted Catholic, and , as exhibited in most of her stories, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" has Christian themes of redemption and grace. Lucynell Craters, the only innocent character in the story, symbolizes purity and is described as "an angel of Gawd. " Her character acts stop the shifty, self-serving Mr. Shiftlet and help him reach redemption. In “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” O’Connor uses religious symbolism to emphasize spiritual struggles between good and evil and how humans are only looking for their own advantage.
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Shiftlet tries once more to redeem himself by attempting another good deed. Along the road, he picks up a young, hitchhiking boy who ran away from home. Mr. Shiftlet knows the little boy’s decision is one that he will most likely regret in the future, so he tries to convince the boy to go back home to his mother. He consoles the boy and tells him that his mother is the second best mother in the world, and that there’s nothing sweeter in the world than a mother. But unlike the Crater’s, this little boy is not fooled by Mr. Shiftlet’s false kindness.
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