A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

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Who is the Misfit? In the short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” a family comprising of a grandmother, a father, three children, and a wife is headed on vacation has the misfortune of meeting a murderous band of serial killers. The Misfit and his band of serial killers are recently escapees of a federal prison. In the following paragraphs this paper looks into the issues of, what one would do in a situation such as that and the background of the the family and murderers as well. The Misfit claims to have been raised by “the finest people in the world”. He went on to say that his, “…god never made a finer woman than my mother, and my daddy’s heart was pure gold.” (Shilb and Clifford 1292) That makes one believe that the Misfit came from a loving family household and was taught right from wrong. In fact, the Misfit may have some social graces as he is seen politely referring to the grandmother, “Yes mam, No mam, I pre-chate that lady” (Shlib and Clifford 1292). He even apologizes to the grandmother for the harsh comment made by Bailey. However, his father had labeled the Misfit as “a different breed of dog than his brothers and sisters”, (Shlib and Clifford 1293) which leads one to believe that though his parents did their best on raising him and his siblings, they realized early in his life that something was different about him. The Misfit tends to link his current rebellious conduct to a trait from his father, who he says in an undertone, “… was a card himself”, depicting that his father could have had a darker side but was never nabbed by authorities because he, “… had the knack of handling them” (Shilb and Cliford 1293). Since the story was based in the 1950, and back in those days medical research was not as advanced... ... middle of paper ... ...hort story a unique twist on the meaning of the story. We can call many things normal and good but who is to say what is normal. Work Cited Schlib, John and John Clifford. “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readers and Writers. 5th edition. Bedford/ St. Martin’s: Boston and New York, 2012. 1283-1296. Print. Leonard, Douglas Novich. “EXPERIENCING FLANNERY O’CONNOR’S “A Good Man Is Hard To Find””. Scriptorium Press 14.2 (1983): 48-54. Print. Kinney, Arthur F. “Flannery O’Connor and the Fiction of Grace”. The Massachussets Review, Inc. 27.1 (1986): 71-96. Print. Lienard, Marie. “From Manners to Mystery: Flannery O’Connor’s Titles”. South Atlantic Review. 71.2 (2006): 115-125. Print. Dowell, Bob. “The Moment of Grace in the Fiction of Flanner O’Connor”. College English. 27.3 (1965): 235-239. Print.
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