The narrator of Beatty's thought-provoking poem recalls her adolescent attempt to do a good deed--to "save" a crippled boy by making out with him. However, her "charitable" action merely ends up trivializing the boy's dignity and humanity and causing guilt for the narrator, leaving the reader plenty of room to consider more appropriate methods of charity. The motives behind the narrator's actions in this poem also cause us to question our own selfish motives when we consider "helping" others.
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Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
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