Overshadow The Misfit

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Do you believe that everyone is born good? Immoral acts can be extremely tempting. Not everyone is strong enough to resist giving into the evils of the world. In A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, the main theme that prejudice and sin can overshadow the goodness in a person, unless a conscious effort is made to be good, is shown through the thoughts and actions of the grandmother, Red Sam, and the Misfit. The grandmother acts like a strong woman who is not afraid to tell you what she thinks. This trait lets her be rude and unaccepting towards others. In the text it states, “‘I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he didn’t attact this place right here,’ said the woman. ‘If he hears about it being here, I wouldn’t be none surprised …show more content…

It is by chance that the family encounters the Misfit and his group on the road. In the text it states, “‘I never was a bad boy that I remember of,’ The Misfit said in an almost dreamy voice, ‘but somewheres along the line I done something wrong and got sent to the penitentiary’” (O’Connor 11). One can see that the Misfit believed that he was once a good person, but he succumbed to his inner darkness. In addition, a conversation in the text declares, “‘If you would pray,’ the old lady said, ‘Jesus would help you.’.....’I don’t want no hep,’ he said. ‘I’m doing all right by myself’” (O’Connor 11). This proves that the Misfit is well aware of his actions and the consequences of them. He is satisfied with being a bad person and committing sins and atrocities. Finally, another piece of evidence is, “The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest” (O’Connor 13). The most condemning piece of evidence against the Misfit is the fact that he murdered the grandmother point-blank in cold blood. He did not even hesitate in ending her life. As you can see, the misfit has given into sin for us whole life, and it has become a normality for

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