The Misfit

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Many Christians feel called to live out the life of Christ on an everyday basis, but for the Grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, she became a beacon of Christ for The Misfit. When the Misfit could see right through all the masks the Grandma wears, her faith was put to the ultimate test. The Grandmother began to act like Christ to the Misfit as well as the Misfit, ambiguous catalyst, portrays the role of the common person. Although O’Connor didn’t try to, she is alluding the Grandmother might be a figure of Christ for the Misfit who wanders lost in the world.
Once the Grandmother encounters the Misfit, she begins to tell him how good of a man he is. The Misfit brushes off the compliment and directs his praise towards
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This suggests that he can finally encounter the world without a rose-colored lens, which makes him see an inaccurate view of the world and only highly of him. Misfit’s commonly portrayed as a satanic figure, but in reality, he should be recognized as misunderstood. Although he chooses violence over the love of the Grandmother, or Christ, the Misfit has difficulty figuring out to whether “accept or reject the graces offered to him again and again by a long-suffering and merciful God” (Leonard 52) because Leonard suggests that the Misfit feels unworthy of acceptance. Blinded by what is right and what is wrong due to wearing the rose-colored lens for such a long time, The Misfit continues the same path he’s been on because he feels more comfortable that way. When the Misfit takes off his glasses, his eyes “were red-rimmed and pale and defenseless-looking” (O’Connor 16) suggesting that once he took off the glasses, he finally began to realize the difference between right and wrong in the world. This makes the Misfit feel unworthy of the acceptance of the graces offer by the long-suffering and merciful God, since he’s blinded by what he was doing for such a long

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