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March 04, 2006

O'Connor, "The Life You Save, Maybe Your Own"

O'Connor, ''The Life You Save May Be Your Own'' -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"The body, lady, is like a house: it don't go anywhere;but the spirit,lady, is like a automobile: Always on the move always..."
Obviously he went to the house because he wanted the automobile and made himself look good, helped Lucynell out by fixing up her house and for payment got the car. However, Mr. Shiftlet was deceptive in that he went to the house for one thing, the car. Even though he married her daughter who was deaf he really did not want to. The mother "Lucynell" forced him into a marriage thinking her daughter would be taken care of unfortunately she was wrong. Mr.Shiftlet left her "the daughter" at a resturant and then took off in the car "I can't wait I got to make Tuscaloosa" how rude. He could of at least took Lucynell the daughter back home, but that would have meant that he would of had to stay and not carry on his own business. Both were deceptive and unfortunately the deaf woman was the one on her own. Goes to say that people only care about themselves and no one else. He followed his spirit alright, like he stated the automobile moves always and that is what he did he moved on after he got what he wanted and the one who was left in the cold was the deaf daughter, who was forced into marriage not realizing what was going on. The mother and Mr.Shiftlet got what they wanted but the daughter was out in the cold to defend for herself. He called the daughter and "Hitch-hiker" not his wife.

Posted by LisaRandolph at March 4, 2006 09:22 AM

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how he treated the daughter and used the family was completely uncalled for. But that is how some man are, they just what they want and they leave you.

Posted by: Melissa Lupari at March 10, 2006 02:46 PM

I agree that Mr. Shiftlet is a rather despicable character -- and I think it's rather fitting that in the conclusion of the story, when he asks God to "Break forth and wash the slime from this earth," God responds by trying to wash him away with a torrent of rain (62).

Posted by: ChrisU at March 16, 2006 12:39 AM

What!! Mr. Shitflet is one of the best people compared to the mother. Man if i was that girl then i would rather go with a man that taught me how to talk then a mother who does't care if i am alive or not all the mother wanted was a slave. Really, Mr.Shitflet is a fallen angel tring to redeam himself for his sins, that is why he picks himself. The world they are on is not Hell but the in between of Heaven and Hell. And He is just a fallen angel tring to get to heaven. So what would you all would do if you were him. A old lady tring to give her mental definent daughter who she claims to be 15 but is really a 30 year old and is flirting with him. If i were him I would have done it in a heart beat to get away from that women. Leaving the girl a the hotspot was a good thing because she found someone to love her and who would take care of her. God saw it wrong to leave her but he also say it was nothing bad either. i mean come on he could have killed her or left her in a junkyard. So God gave Shitflet another chance to make it up,by letting him help the little boy. So Shiftlet is really not that bad in my book.

Posted by: Tia at April 24, 2006 12:11 PM

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