Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Tom Shiftlet Was Happy with the Craters
OConner portrays Mr. Shiftlet very(prenominal) vaguely at the beginning of the story, tho she avers readers a few items slightly him that are vital to under rest who Tom sincerely is. Mr. Shiftlet comes with an open heart to the Craters residence. He admires their home and is instinctive to work if they let him stay. This reveals that Tom is a hard working man. Although he seems to have an overly keen interest in their autom turkeyobile, which seems suspicious, he makes an driving force to make life easier for Lucynell Sr. and Jr. He even takes the age to Teach Lucynell Jr. a word.Up until this point he seems truly happy making them happy. Once Mrs. Crater starts accentuateing to force tom to link up her young woman, he starts becoming uncomfortable with the position. He even tries to go on as if nonhing had happened and keep living as they were, but that does not work and Mrs. Crater keeps forcing it upon him. The approximately important fact that is revealed about To m is that he is extremely unhappy with his life. Readers k straightway that he ran away(predicate) from his mother when he was younger and that he now regrets it very much.He also ends up running away from Mrs.Crater when she started to try to control him. This suggests that Tom is not very fond of people commanding him. And although he continu onlyy runs away he is very unhappy with the decisions that he has made over the course of the years but instead of standing his ground and fixing his problems and himself, he runs away. Mr. Shiftlet introduces himself as a machinepenter to Mrs. Carter and has a tin box to prove it. He seems, however, very hesitant to tell her anything else about himself since whenever she asked him a question, he didnt answer (977).He promptly proves his worth the next morning when he began on the roof of the garden kinsfolk (978). He had not been around a week before the reassign he had made was apparent. He had patched the front and back steps, built a new hog pen, and restored a fence (978-9). The question most readers would ask is why would he go through all the pain to fix all of these things? The literal answer whitethorn seem wide and functional he wants to create a trusting atmosphere so he could lure Lucynell into more or lesshow giving him the car.That is, after all what he seems to want. His eye are always focused on crash of the gondola (978) and he was able to get it in the end, but it is clearly not what he really wants or needs since he smooth became discourage in spite of the car (982). What Tom really wanted was to tactual sensation loved and needed without being controlled. He wanted to be part of a family again, but under his terms. So he tried with all his might, and even went to the extent of teaching the deaf girl to speak, to make the situation work the way he wanted it to.What he quickly realize was that Lucynell Sr. had a plan for him. As the story progresses readers find that Mr. Shiftlet is ki nd of unhappy with his past. He seems upset when Mrs. Crater calls him a poor disabled friendless drifting man (980). Although she is stating exactly who he is and what he presents himself to be, he does not approve and the ugly words settled in his headroom a like a group of buzzards (980). Later on in the conversation when Mrs. Crater accuses Tom of milking her, he is deeply hurt by the word milk (981).These two examples demonstrate how hard it is for Tom to assume with reality. Lucynell does nothing but state simple facts, yet he is still disturbed by them. This may mean that he wants to change, or it may mean that he wants to start over altogether. After he takes the car and leaves Lucynell Jr. at the Hot Spot he was more deject then ever as he drove on by himself (982). This is very intriguing because he no longer has to care for Lucynell, he has money and a car, yet he is still unhappy, and maybe even more than before.Again this shows that all Tom wants is to be part of a family, like he once was. He wants another chance since he ruined the one he had with his mother long ago by running away. Taking into consideration Toms feelings and actions, readers can now see the real problem. Tom is a very insecure person, and he is not content with the person that he has become. He claims to have never rued a day of his life like the one he rued when he left (983) his mother. The events that take place after this obviously force him to see negatively of himself.He is not able to handle problems so he takes to running away from them. And like an addict, he keeps on running hurried and faster, knowing full well that it is not the right thing to do. It seems as if he is unable to wrap his mind around the ides of someone telltale(a) him what to do. When he married Lucynell, he was morose and bitter as if he had been insulted (981). Although Tom is portrayed as a very strong share that takes charge of situations and achieves what he wants, it becomes quite clea r as the story goes on that he is the complete opposite.Lucynell Sr. quickly takes control of his life and becomes a little greedy with her demands. It is not enough for her that Tom has made her and her daughters lives eons better, and that he has every intention of continuing to do so. She forces him to marry her daughter, and this proves to be too much for Tom. The only thing he knows how to do is to run away from anyone who tries to make decisions for him. He is very discontent with himself and is close to disgusted with what he is a disabled, drifting, and friendless man.To get rid of some of the disgust, he runs away and tries to start over. This substitutes his inability to repair his own problems and the eonian need to flee. In the end, it is safe to say that Tom T. Shiftlet has the desire to be good, and conquer his own problems, but has not found the courage or the ability to do so. He has the desire to be part of a family and be a proper man, but is unable to accept the fact that he cannot control everything all the time. For now he is still a carpenter, and that is as far as his ability to repair things will go.