Faith Healer

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New Outlook on Life for Clark in Lucia Nevai’s “Faith Healer” They say if you are lucky enough to get a second chance at something, do not waste it. When faced with a second chance with the person he loves, the narrator of Lucia Nevai’s “Faith Healer,” Clark, intends to take it. Narrow-minded, sexist, and racist, Clark is an absentee father still stuck in his own selfish ways and desperately in need of finding integrity in his own. But after escorting his sick ex-wife to a faith healer, he discovers selflessness. When, in a truly selfless act, he helps Eppie be put to rest, he also finds a new outlook on his own life. Clark reveals immediately that he would do anything for his ex-wife, Eppie, who knew Clark when no one else did. Clark claims “Eppie had [him] down to the penny” (214). When Eppie calls him up to take her to a faith healer in Tennessee, he does not hesitate. However, he is very narrow-minded about the faith healer because he believes they are “bogus healers who prey on innocent victims and take their life savings” (219). He was more concerned about them taking “his life savings” (219) than actually helping Eppie. On their journey to see the faith healer, Clark has a run in with a ranger after getting lost walking to a waterfall. Clark was going to ask for direction from the ranger, after discovering the ranger was a woman from New York, there was “now way [he] was going to ask her for directions” (223). Clark’s narrow-minded and sexist self gives a piece of his mind to the lady ranger instead. While eating at Jo-Jo’s, Clark started to show off to the owner Jo-Jo’s. Clark does not realize until then that this trip was not about him yet after this realization he does not care. “It was still about [him] and what [he] needed to prove” (225). Showing that Clark is still stuck in his selfish ways. In the story, one can see the racism in Clark by…...

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