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Flannery OConnors story The Life You Save May Be Your Own illustrates in words the importance of sticking to your roots through a man of deception who is hypercritical to this idea It seems since Mr Shiftlett was born in the royal south he does not know how to put his responsibilities together and he doesnt seem to have any priorities in his life He is a carefree man who goes from place to place trying to find jobs where he may be able to hustle someone out of something There are many instances in this story that show Mr Shiftlett only goes to Craters to hustle a poor woman out of her money and car Mr Shiftlett has a deceptive personality that is even conjured up in his name shifty Mr Shiftlett does not seem to have his priorities together He comes to Mrs Craters home looking for a carpenter job While talking to Mrs Crater he starts scoping out her home with his pale sharp glance pg125 he notices the car which might as well have been a pot of gold the way he was mesmerized with it Just as Shiftlett is eyeing the car Mrs Crater has been sizing him up from the start as a potential son-in-law Shiftlett knows this however and plays it as his trump card for the rest of the story Hes only helping Mrs Crater with odd ends around the farm to get a hold of the car He pretends to take interest in what she talks about to get on her good side Throughout the story Mrs Crater and Shiftlett subtlety negotiate with each other to achieve their ultimate desires Shiftletts car and a husband for Lucynell His self-awareness only consists of getting the car and money to fix up the car He doesnt care about Lucynell or what happens to her Shiftlett hangs around the place serving as a sort of Bob Villa fixing
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