The Lame Shall Enter First

The Lame Shall Enter First - 4 Consider the names...

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STUDY QUESTIONS: – Flannery O’Connor’s ‘THE LAME SHALL ENTER FIRST” 1. Discuss the theme of evil in, "The Lame Shall Enter First". What does it reveal about O’Connor's feelings about the origins and the nature of evil? Discuss the relevance of the relationships shown in the story in relation to the portrayal or evil. (from Peter Gargiulo) 2. Consider all the references to food in this story. What does food and eating represent? Explain each reference in the story. 3. What does Rufus’ shoe represent, and why does Sheppard focus on the shoe? Why does Rufus reject the new shoe?
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Unformatted text preview: 4. Consider the names, “Sheppard” and “Rufus.” – what are the connotations or associations with those names? 5. What does the telescope represent? Discuss in terms of what Sheppard hopes to achieve with Rufus and how Rufus and Norton actually use the telescope. What is the connection with O’Connor’s themes? 6. How does the title "The Lame Shall Enter First" relates to the story ? [added 4/19 – thanks to Gina Brandon] 7. Why did the father felt the need to accept Rufus into his home? How did it affect his son? [added 4/19 – thanks to Gina Brandon]...
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