Examples Of Misfit In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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In Flannery O 'Connor 's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" The Misfit is projected as the antagonist. In his time, in society he was given the role of a criminal. A role he is assuming his part hundred percent. Society judged him and molded him into what he is now. Unlike the grandmother, who simply assumes that she is morally superior to everyone else, The Misfit critically questions the meaning of life and his role in it. He is projected as the immoral and a horrific character, however, towards the end he is revealed as the savior. He gives the grandmother the opportunity to repent and be unselfish for the last seconds of her life. The Misfit’s values and beliefs may be corrupted, but they are consistent. He has a complex and uncertain relationship …show more content…
He was falsely imprisoned for killing his father, when his cause of death was actually a flu epidemic. The Misfit mentions talking to a psychiatrist while in prison about why he did not remember what crime he had committed. "I never was a bad boy that I remember of... but somewhere along the line I done something wrong and got sent to the penitentiary. I was buried alive," (O 'Connor 431). The Misfit told the grandmother why he renamed himself. He was convinced that his penalty didn’t fit his crime. "I call myself The Misfit...because I can 't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment." (O 'Connor 430 ). The Misfit thinks that if Jesus Christ was real then the only thing there is to do is follow him. "If he did what he said, then it 's nothing for you to do but thow away everything and follow him, and if he didn 't...enjoy the few minutes you got left...by killing...or doing other meanness to him. "(O 'Connor 432 ). As a killer, he obviously doesn 't follow the words of …show more content…
There are numerous parts of the story that suggest The Misfit doesn’t truly get satisfaction through committing crimes. When The Misfit initial runs into the family he states that children make him nervous. He is armed and the kids aren 't an actual physical threat to him. On the other hand, because children are innocent, they could create a threat to his conscience. After The Misfit shoots the grandmother, he seems as if he was crying. "The Misfit’s eyes were red-rimmed and pale and defenseless looking” (O 'Connor 433). The phrase “defenseless looking” shows that he is vulnerable and sentimental. At the end of the story his partner in crime Bobby Lee jokes about the grandmother’s death, but The Misfit doesn’t join in. He tells Bobby Lee to shut up and says, “It’s no real pleasure in life” (O 'Connor 433). This shows that The Misfit doesn’t take pleasure in his acts of

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