The Misfit is certain that he does not follow Jesus Christ and his morals while the grandmother is uncertain of her morals. She transitions from believing in Jesus’s beliefs to denying them, finally concluding that he didn’t raise the dead. At the end of the story, The Misfit indirectly references her lack of morals. “‘She would have been a good woman’ The Misfit said, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life (O’Connor 245).” He believes that the grandmother longs to have morals. Nevertheless, she does not realize her lack of personal intersection until meeting The Misfit.
The first way you can look at the fact that he’s a killer and nothing else matters and just that little detail makes him a bad man. Or you can look more into detail of the Misfit and realize that even though he’s a killer he’s truly a good man at heart. For example, when the son Bailey told his mother (grandmother) something that made her cry when she made it known that she knew he was the Misfit, the misfit actually responded the grandmother in a very loving and respectful way. The misfit could’ve told her to shut up or something heartless but instead he tells the grandmother “don’t get upset. Sometimes a man says things he doesn’t mean.
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.
The author Flannery O’Connor uses characterization to convey the readers that The Misfit is a dangerous and heartless character. This can be seen in the quotation ““She would have been a good woman… if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life”” (Cusatis). The author implies that The Misfit is heartless. In the short story, O’Connor states that “She would have been a good woman if it has been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life” (O’Connor). O’Connor is also suggesting that The Misfit does not care if the Grandmother begs him to not kill her.
As she kept talking to the Misfit, his buddies were taking the family to the woods and murdering them. While seeing that, the grandmother starts to panic
In the story, we see how selfish the grandmother was when dealing with the “Misfit” as he began to murder her family we saw her beg for her life and not anyone else’s in her family. The only character in “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” that is selfless is the mother who is barely acknowledged. However, the one thing that she did do was when confronted with the idea of her joining her family dead she simply said yes while the grandmother kept on pleading and eventually stated, “Why you’re one of my babies. You’re one of my own children” (O’Connor 1153) which got her murdered seconds later. This shows that by being selfish it allows you to not care about your family and friends which is also exemplified in “A Rose for Emily.” In Faulkner’s
Everyone knew The Misfit and who he was and what he had done. Everyone knew him as the criminal that escaped the Federal Pen, a man who had killed his own father. Lately, however, The Misfit didn’t recognize The Misfit. Something had happened to him, something that he didn’t understand why or when, actually, maybe he knew when, he just didn’t want to admit it. “It’s no real pleasure in life” he had said to his partners after killing the grandmother.
This displays the criminal world that we live in. Moreover, when the Misfit and the two men shoot the whole family in the woods, it illustrates the sinister and cruel world that needs saving. The violent car crash that causes the family to encounter the Misfit in the first place adds to the violent display that O’Connor creates of the world. O’Connor uses the violence in the story to shock the readers into self-awareness (Larson 1). She uses this self-awareness to bring to light the religious theme of redemption and grace for the corrupted.
In the story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor, a normal yet, maddened narrator. The grandmother wishes to join her family on vacation to Florida, for her own pleasure. The reader can take away from the narrator, which is told in the 3rd person, detailed descriptions of their road trip ultimately ending in a shocking, gruesome way, by the family getting killed by a “misfit.” The setting of the story presents an unseen ending as O’Connor causes the reader to be taken back by the foreshadowing of the ending and the grace that is shown. The time in which, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” introduces an idea that the average, American family, from Georgia, is off to a good start when embarking on their journey. The reader is informed of a possible threat that could happen after Grandma brings up information about a prison escape.
O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” takes a different approach in a good story by introducing a slew of crazy irony. All the irony gives the piece a vast dynamic in characters and themes. The first irony found in this story is the whole idea of the “Good Man”. The Grandma throughout many different scenarios in the story skewed the definition of a “Good Man” by using it until it became meaningless. She used it to describe Red Sammy after he let two people screw him over by letting them charge their gasoline.