The Misfit Character Analysis

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A good man is hard to find is about a family who are planning to travel to Florida. The whole family is excited to go except the grandmother, who doesn’t want to go. To make her case, she tells her son Bailey, his wife, and their three children that there’s a criminal named the Misfit headed to Florida. The Misfit is one of the main characters in the story. The author, Flannery O’Connor, introduces him explaining his background and motivations. In doing so, she portrays a character that is both mythical and realistic. The way O’Connor draws the character the Misfit is interesting. She keeps him largely a mystery throughout the story. He’s first introduced to us briefly through the grandmother as she was trying to persuade the family not to go to Florida. She tells the family “here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is a loose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida.” (O’Connor 1) The Misfit in mentioned again at the Tower, a gas station and a restaurant the family stopped at. While in the restaurant, the Grandmother talks to Red Sam, the owner of the Tower, and tells him "Did you read…show more content…
He doesn’t remember that he killed his father and that’s why he was sent to prison. Even though he doesn’t remember committing the crime, he still committed a crime. This does not give him a reason to go kill innocent people and become a murderer. That’s why I am not satisfied with his explanation to why he kills. The Misfit introduced briefly at the beginning of the story and is seen as an unrealistic character and too many as a lie from the grandmother to change the family plan. However, as the story continued, we got to know the Misfit for what he really is. He’s a murderer who doesn’t feel anything anymore. The Misfit is not your typical villain. When talking to the grandmother, He seemed to have a soft side to him, even though he ends up murdering her. This suggests that people are not as they
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