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Unformatted text preview: Passive Vs. Active Evil 1/17/08 Life you save may be your own- Moment where evil takes place = I think an evil idea first takes root in Tom’s mind when he sees the possibility of fixing up the automobile Three different sections of the story: 1) Establishing the characters/foreshadowing the action 2) Negotiation 3) Perpetuating of evil Tom Shiftlet = - Gaunt/ wind blowing him (easily swayed)- Composed dissatisfaction in spite of youth- Steel-trapped jaw (“bunny caught in”…such as innocence)- Long, black-slick hair (untrustworthy, unctuous)- Name – shifty or shiftless Mrs. Crater = - Hand on hip (attitude or authority, lack of fear, dominance)- Perceives him as a tramp (quick and decisive, sizes up)- Leans forward in her seat (eager or anticipating) Shiftlet’s claims: 1) That he is philosophical/intellectual 2) Moral intelligence or goodness/ consciousness/ a lot of decisions 3) Poor/innocent 4) Money not important- Isn’t exactly premeditated that he is going to drop her off…many things come together to end up with him leaving her (man interested in her, no other diners, she falls asleep)- He lies about destination, says she is a hitchhiker- Does he know that he did the wrong thing? 1/24 Life you save…. “There were times when Mr. Shiftlet…man with a car has a responsibility for other..” Why ironic? Does Shiftlet recognize what he ahs done? He exits the story still not facing what he has done…the rottenness is that awful boy who didn’t even thank him for the ride. He seems tormented…stepping on the gas trying to beat the storm, seeing the boy’s hat in the clouds…no self-satisfaction or positivity, rather depressed, unhappy, guilty Any divine commentary? Kid was a kind of judgment, as well as storm, cloud… Sun was always present…now cloud covers the sun like a judgment “Very quickly he stepped on the gas, with his stump sticking out the window…” Not lending him dignity, rather demeaning him with the word “stump” Showing him flawed; using his disability to show there is something fundamentally wrong with him. *Passive Evil...
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