The Grandmother is the only member of the family still alive at this point. The misfit holds the grandmother at gunpoint. The grandmother uses faith as a way to escape death and pleads for the character to spare her life. “Pray!” The grandmother pleads pathetically. The Misfit claims he was convicted of a crime that was not committed and buried alive in prison for killing his father.
Upon further evaluation into the psychological makeup of the Misfit, one can better understand the Misfit’s character and his desire to be free. At first, the Misfit appears well in the company of the family, but when the Misfit is identified as the escaped criminal, he becomes violent towards the family. Although many would assume that the Misfit is psychotic, he opts to kill the family in order to save himself from being put back in the federal
In the article, “ One of my Babies: The Misfit and the Grandmother” by Stephen C. Bandy, the author Bandy studies the main characters those being the Grandmother and the Misfit. The articles main focus is on the religious belief, and to flaw the Grandmother real “values”. Bandy also shows the reader how in the beginning the Grandmother is known to be good spirited and faithful to her religion. The Grandmother’s character has a drastic turn point following the end of the story. She deceives her faith only accepting it for
Hannery O’ Connor’s short story is about a Misfit that has a conflict in his life which lead him into making bad decisions in the future that harm him. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, O’ Connor uses symbolic archetypes by using the grandmother as a symbol of love and care and also uses the Misfit as a symbol of violence and death. The situational archetype used is when the Misfit takes vengeance on people that come his way. This is because of self-petty. The setting archetype used in the short story takes place in the dirt road where all the violence happened.
The escaped “Misfit” takes the family into the woods in order to murder them. During the story there are moments in which the grandmother utilizes manipulation on the criminals as well as her own family members. In many ways it is a cynical example of how a selfish woman uses manipulation and religion to get what she wants but unable to save herself at the end. Religion Connotations in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” In “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” (O'Connor, 1953) O’Connor uses her infamous theme-the Holy spirit in everyday life situations- to set the underlying tone for the text. She demonstrates the religious struggles of characters by engaging the Misfit and Grandmother within a duel against each other therefore, learning the difference from reality and the superficial beliefs.
Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” tells of a family who takes a vacation down to Florida and encounters a wanted serial killer nicknamed The Misfit. While the story appears to revolve around The Misfit himself, it actually is about the true misfit of the story, the grandmother. The grandmother is the true misfit due to her inability to cooperate with her family, her inability to let go of racist tendencies, and her inability to live in the present. Right from the get-go, the grandmother is straining the relationship she has with her family by being uncooperative. The grandmother spends her time talking at, not to, family members who “didn’t seem to hear her” (O’Connor).
The grotesque psychopathic nature of the characters in Flannery O’Connor’s, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” ironically shows how a good man does not truly exist through the revelation and proclamation of what characteristics a good man possess. In the story The Misfit shows characteristics of a psychopath by escaping prison and killing an innocent family. However, The Misfit isn’t the only character in the short story to show psychopathic tendencies. The grandma also shows some characteristics of a psychopath because she does not care or show remorse for her family who was brutally murdered right
She tells the Misfit that he “ought not to shoot a lady. (PAGE NUMBER)” The Grandmother even goes as far to bargain with him for her life, promising she will ”give [the Misfit] all the money [she had]! (PAGE NUMBER)” Throughout the story she has appeared quite self-centered, such as when she manipulated June Star and John Wesley into convincing their father to go to the Grandmother’s old house by promising there was “a secret panel (PAGE NUMBER)” filled with silver. The instance of her begging for mercy is no different. She chooses to beg for her life through manipulation instead of expressing concern or sadness for her murdered relatives.
In the original story, the ending leaves to question the intention of the Misfit. This is a key note that I wanted to hit on in my story. Not only does the misfit explain that he is not a good man, we also get to understand why he kills the Grandma. In the original story this is left up to the imagination, so I imagined a man who was greatly conflicted. The Misfit has been labeled a bad man his entire life and has learned to accept it.
Who was she trying to convince that Jesus would help herself or the Misfit. “but somewhere along the line I done something wrong and got send to the penitentiary. I was burry alive”(O’Connor pg 435) Here is where the grandmother had finally come into the understanding about the things that are happening. This paragraph makes me think of the lack of faith and loss of hope that the Misfit has. The misfit tells her his story, about what happen to his father and the suffering for he thinks he is innocent and cant remember what has he done.