O Connor The Misfit Analysis

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Throughout O’Connor’s story, the grandmother has a negative attitude towards men. This attitude would incline the reader to think that her opinion of The Misfit would also be negative; however upon meeting The Misfit, the grandmother wants to believe that he is a good man, despite everything he may have done. “Listen,” she said,”you shouldn’t call yourself The Misfit because I know you’re a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell.” (257). Part of this belief may be due to the stressful situation. The grandmother believes that The Misfit is a good man because she must hope, and thus she sets out to convince him that he is good, that he can change, and, in one last attempt, that he must pray.
Believing The Misfit to still be a good man, the grandmother tries to appease him and draw out his better nature. To do this she lets him know right from the start what she thinks of him, and tries to set them on even ground, by letting him know that she believes him to be from a good family. “Listen,” the grandmother almost screamed, “I know you’re a good man. You don’t look a bit like you have common blood. I know you must come from nice people!” (257). She also tries to convey her belief by saying “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?”(256). In saying this, she tries to communicate to The Misfit that he is still the
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Even after The Misfit tries to convince her that he is not a good man, she is still confident that he can become one. Thus she paints a picture of what life could be for him, if he were to change his ways. “You could be honest too if you’d only try,” said the grandmother. “Think how wonderful it would be to settle down and live a comfort- able life and not have to think about somebody chasing you all the time.”(258). Despite everything he has said and done, she refuses to give up on

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