A Good The Misfit Analysis

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Flannery O’Connor started writing commercially in 1947. After nearly 20 years of writing, O’Connor is now known as “one of the best” short story authors of the 20thcentury” (bio early life and education). As a young, talented writer born in Savannah, Georgia, O’Connor focused her writings on her southern roots. O’Connor’s short stories consist of the same central theme, religion and southern living. For centuries, humans have pondered the meaning of their existence, and what may (or may not) be waiting for them after they die. If there indeed is a path to live eternally, the question then becomes; “how does one start down that path”? The Christian faith has spent the better part of two millenniums defining and exploring this path. In “A Good …show more content…
While the grandmother and The Misfit are conversing, the thugs are methodically executing the rest of the family in the woods. During this time, the grandmother seemed relatively unconcerned about the fate of her offspring, instead she chose to plead for her life and tried to find an angle that would allow The Misfit to let her live. Additionally, O 'Connor 's readers learn that The Misfit is not entirely sure why he was incarcerated, but he is entirely sure that his punishments were not appropriate for his crimes. “I call myself The Misfit,"/ he said, "because I can 't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment” (360-361).
Near the end of their dialogue, the grandmother and The Misfit discuss whether or not Jesus existed and if he actually resurrected Lazarus from the dead. Showing that her faith was only something she practiced to appear good to other people, the grandmother was willing to concede that perhaps Jesus did not raise any person from the dead. “ 'Maybe He didnt raise the dead ', the old lady mumbled....” (375) The Misfit, on the other hand became visibly frustrated with the speculation regarding the divinity of
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The Misfit knew that he wasn’t good. At the point that The Misfit became visibly distressed, the grandmother finally putting the well-being of someone else ahead of hers, reached out to the man that had just murdered her family and tried to comfort him. This act of compassion startled The Misfit and he killed the grandmother by shooting her in the chest. “Hiram and Bobby Lee returned from the woods and stood over the ditch, looking down at the/ grandmother who half sat and half lay in a puddle of blood with her legs crossed under her like a child 's/ and her face smiling up at the cloudless sky” (385-387). The grandmother’s positioning in her death is a symbol for her rebirth and salvation. The grandmother died knowing that she had comforted The Misfit, and that her last act was a charitable one. The Misfit closed the story by stating, “She would of been a good woman,” if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”(392) This statement shows that dire situations can bring out the best in people, and make them show their true colors, worrying only about what is important.
Readers may choose to view The Misfit as a devil and on the surface that would be a fair conclusion. However, the author is actually using The Misfit as a vehicle for salvation, instead of a purveyor in evil. True good deeds

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