All the Years of Her Life

by Morley Callaghan

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What impact does the event have on Alfred in "All the Years of Her Life"? Has he learned from it?

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At the end of the story, particularly if you pay close attention to the way that Alfred sees his mother in a new light, you could certainly make the argument that this event has affected him.  He always thought of his mother as such a constant, powerful, indomitable figure but then he notices that she is shaken deeply by his constantly getting in trouble.  This epiphany is enough to suggest that he is going to be able to actually change going forward.

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