No "Normal Good Times"

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"Mrs. Hopewell thought of her as a child though she was thirty two years old and highly educated." (O'Conner, 168)

Just like in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", the mother in this story, Mrs. Hopewell, views her thirty year old daughter as being a child. Even though in TLYSMBYO Lucynell was viewed as a child because of her child like mind set, Joy is viewed as a child because of a disability. Mrs. Hopewell views her daughter as a child because she feels bad that Joy hasn't had any "normal good times" and she's thirty two already. The same may have been applied to Lucynell, who at her age wouldn't have had any normal good times either. So, even though Joy may have been considered "highly educated", because of her artifical leg she was still viewed as a child by her mother, just like Lucynell, even though Lucynell wasn't educated at all.

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Kaitlin Monier said:

You bring up a good point about how the disabled characters in O'Connor's stories are seen as children. Maybe because children are seen as innocent because they have not experienced the real world. Lucynell was deaf and isolated on a farm. Joy couldn't walk very far and could not leave home because of her leg. Since they have not gone into the real world much, maybe that preserves their innocence, like a child.

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