The rejects in the short story the life you save may be yours by flannery oconnor

She can sweep the floor, cook, wash, feed the chickens, and hoe. I would have to take my wife off for the week end without no regards at all for cost.

Another important point to note early in the story is the characters names. What do they know about my blood? Soon after, the three take the car into town and Lucynell and Shiftlet are married. The boy behind the counter looks at the girl and then back at Shiftlet in a confused manner.

While the hat is the only item of Mrs. He then accepts and agrees to marry her. The life you save may be your own. In what sense could we call his betrayal of these women a kind of salvation?

There was no one in The Hot Spot but Mr. Gray, the color of the hats of Mrs. There was no answer at once and no particular expression on his face.

The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O’Connor

He felt too that a man with a car had a responsibility to others and he kept his eye out for a hitch-hiker. Some critics are entranced by the humor in the story and pay little attention to the color imagery and the underlying religious meaning which the story contains. How do these perceptions differ from the way that the narrative voice describes these characters?

He held the pose for almost fifty seconds and then he picked up his box and came on to the porch and dropped down on the bottom step. He had been a gospel singer, a foreman on the railroad, an assistant in an undertaking parlor, and he had come over the radio for three months with Uncle Roy and his Red Creek Wranglers.

His left coat sleeve was folded up to show there was only half an arm in it and his gaunt figure listed slightly to the side as if the breeze were pushing him.

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The next day he began to tinker with the automobile and that evening he told her that if she would buy a fan belt, he would be able to make the car run. Break forth and wash the slime from this earth! The early afternoon was clear and open and surrounded by pale blue sky.

The basic plot of the story is very simple. You can take a lunch. The car was barely moving. In addition, the peacock, in Christian iconography a symbol of immortality, is used in a simile to reinforce other symbols indicating her function in the story.

Flannery O’Connor · The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Evidently convinced that the boy has run away from home, Shiftlet begins to extol the virtues of his "old mother" whom he supposedly left. The daughter, a large girl in a short blue organdy dress, saw him all at once and jumped up and began to stamp and point and make excited speechless sounds.

He had long black slick hair that hung flat from a part in the middle to beyond the tips of his ears on either side. Afterwards Shiftlet "was more depressed than ever" and he "kept his eye out for a hitchhiker. Shiftlet imagined a terrific climb and dip and swerve that went entirely to his head so that he forgot his morning bitterness.

The child held the suitcase on his lap and folded his arms on top of it. He was more depressed than ever as he drove on by himself. Once she is sound asleep on the counter of the diner, Shiftlet gets up out of his seat and begins to leave.

During a conversation which allows each of the major characters to size one another up, Shiftlet, who spies an old automobile which he desires, agrees to stay on the farm in exchange for food and a place to sleep. Shiftlet arrives at the Crater farm at sunset, and Mrs. He flipped away the dead match and blew a stream of gray into the evening.

When they were ready to leave, she stood staring in the window of the car, with her fingers clenched around the glass. Shiftlet slept on the hard narrow back seat of the car with his feet out the side window. I can tell you my name is Tom T. Shiftlet then replies "Hitchhiker" and leaves her at the restaurant.

The daughter could not see far in front of her and continued to play with her fingers.Flannery O'Connor’s Stories Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Flannery O'Connor’s Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.

Complete summary of Flannery O’Connor's The Life You Save May Be Your Own. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Life You Save May Be Your Own. In the short story. All Subjects. About O'Connor's Short Stories; Summary and Analysis "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" "The River" "A Late Encounter with the Enemy".

"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" is a short story by the American author Flannery O'Connor. It is one of the 10 stories in her short story collection A Good Man Is Hard to Find, published in Four of these stories – “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” “A Circle in the Fire,” and “The Artificial Nigger,” and “Greenleaf” – received O.

Henry Awards. Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25,Flannery O’Connor was a graduate of the Georgia State College for Women and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor tells the story of a man named Tom Shiftlet who comes to work on a farm in Alabama.

Like many of O'Connor's other short stories, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" chronicles the effect one person can have on a family. "The Life You Save May.

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