Flannery The Lame Analysis

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Flannery spins a tale about human deficiencies and the pedestrian approach human beings take to various issues that make them look lame. In the short story, the author demonstrates how various actions by individuals make them appear lame. In medical terminologies, lame refers to a condition in which a person to be unable to walk properly. The inability to walk properly impairs the performance of some duties by a person. Figuratively speaking, the concept of lame refers to the various deficiencies in our inner beings that prevent us from being responsible persons. Such deficiencies could include emotional instability, bad tempers, or poor mannerisms. As can be seen from the narrative, the main characters depict certain deficiencies, such as poor parenting in the case of Sheppard, intolerance on the part of Norton, and indecisiveness on the part of Rufus. These attributes in one way or another influence the manner in which the parties approach certain issues that face them. Depending on the manner in…show more content…
First, the title appears misplaced. Whether construed figuratively or in accordance with the biblical allusion, the ensued turn of events tell otherwise. It would have been suitable had Rufus died first, or suffered a major detriment since he is the typical lame. However, it is Norton who pays the ultimate price of losing his life. Based on the biblical allusion given to the title, the characters would be expected to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the bible. Instead, Sheppard is religiously misguided, Norton does not practice the ideals of Christianity as he lies and convinces Rufus to steal, and Rufus is unsure about the existence of heaven and hell. Whereas the story tells about the challenges of the modern society in approaching touchy issues such as religion and parenting, it fails to captivate. From the start, the title of the narrative is totally

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