The Lame Shall Enter First Essay

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However, “The Lame Shall Enter First” is not the only story that exemplifies the idea that faith and intellectualism cannot intermingle. “The Enduring Chill” does this as well. Through Asbury, O’Connor portrays intellectuals as disrespectful, whiny, and prideful. In the story, Asbury repeats “What’s wrong with me is way beyond you” (“Enduring” 367). This idea that even his problems are better than others shows how prideful he is as well as his strong intellectualism, as he believes he is smarter than the doctor treating him. For O’Connor, this was a way to show her audience her distaste for intellectuals.
Asbury also shows disrespect in regard to his mother. For Asbury, the woman who raised him ruined his life, showing how intellectualism has affected Asbury. According to A. R. Coulthard, “Asbury, the effete failed writer who comes home to let his mother nurse him while he dies in ‘The Enduring Chill, constantly demeans his parent 's lack of intelligence (Coulthard 248). Even though she is taking care of him, Asbury degrades her, making her seem like a villain and an idiot, which she is not. These actions are in direct violation of the church, specifically commandment four of the Ten Commandments, which is “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (“The Ten Commandments”). Based on this, it becomes clear how faith and intellectualism are against each other, as Asbury’s intellectual pride makes him
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