Grandma vs Misfit

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In “A Good Man is Hard to Find” you are led to believe that the grandmother is a good, moral person while The Misfit is the opposite, bad and evil. These assumptions are soon torn down when you compare The Grandmother and The Misfit side by side. We see that the grandmother is self-centered, dishonest, and racist yet The Misfit is honest and nonjudgmental, he also sees himself as some sort of savior. Although both characters can be seen as evil, in “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the grandmother causes more damage than The Misfit. Directly at the beginning of the story the grandmother shows her selfish ways. She is trying to convince her son Baily, whom she lives with, to vacation where she wants, Tennessee, instead of Florida. O’Connor stated “The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida, she wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing every at every chance to change Baily’s mind” (202). The grandmother further shows her selfishness when she tells the family a story about a house she had once visited in the neighborhood. She knew Baily would not want to waste time stopping at an old house so she makes up a story about the house having a secret panel which contains all of the family’s silver, causing the children to begin nagging Baily until he finally gives in and takes them to the house We can also see her being selfish after the family runs into The Misfit. She continuously begs for her life while never mentioning the lives of her children or grandchildren. While the grandmother knows she is selfish and manipulates people for her own personal gain, The Misfit does not do bad things for himself. He believes he is being a savior to society. The Misfit thinks he was wrongly convicted and is commit... ... middle of paper ... ...s, “’You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you’” (O’Connor 208)? To which The Misfit replies nervously, “’I would hate to have to’” (O’Connor 208). At the beginning of the story we are led to believe that the grandmother is morally superior to the other characters in the story, especially The Misfit. Who we are led to believe is an evil criminal, but in fact the rolls are reversed. The Grandmother sits lower on the moral ladder than The Misfit. She looks judgmentally on other people but never turns that look toward herself. She believes this until the end of the story right before she is killed. Even though The Misfit commits horrendous crimes, he still admits that he is not a good man. Works Cited O’Connor, Flannery. “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. 202-212. Print.
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