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Parasites And Perverts: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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For my second assignment I will be reflecting upon the theory of Parasites and Perverts: An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosity in relation to the short story of A Good Man is Hard to Find. The story involves a grandmother and her family embarking on a road trip to what she believes is a plantation with a home built with a secret door. Only to her surprise, she had lead them astray to a location she was unfamiliar with. Her sudden realization that she gave false directions resulted in them getting into an accident. The family is then found by prison escapees and picked off one by one until no one is left. Throughout this paper I will delve into the theory and relate it to the story based off my interpretations while reading them both.
I’ll start out with the grandmothers somewhat fascination with the misfit and how the power of horror lead to her demise. In Kristeva’s Powers of Horror, it states, “Imaginary uncanniness and real threat, it beckons us and ends up engulfing us”(Halberstam, pg. 18). At the beginning of the story, the grandmother brings to everyone’s attention how the Misfit had escaped and that she “wouldn’t take her children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it” (O’ Connor, pg. 644). She expressed how she couldn’t answer to her conscience if she did which is ironic because they ended up right in the Misfits path. The fear had engulfed the grandmother from the moment she heard of the misfit and it caused her to become fearful but yet interested in the Misfit.
Referring to Skin Shows in Parasites and Perverts, when the grandmother comes to the realization that the man is the Misfit, the Misfit then takes the comment personally as she reveals to him his true skin. In the story, the Misfit states how ...

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...ater you’re going to forget what it was you done” (O’Connor, pg. 9) showed how he has no conscience to his actions allowing him to act on these bad deeds without hesitation. The Misfit forgetting what he has done shows that he puts things to waste after he collects whatever pleasure or self-gain he can.
I find it odd that at the end of the story the Misfit states, “It’s no real pleasure in life” (O’Connor, pg. 655). Seeing how the Misfit fits the categories of a parasite and a pervert one would think that he’d have some sort of gain for all of these unspeakable actions. Regardless of what he said, there is no denying that the Misfit is a pervert, as he is not considered as a normal individual. Him laying waste to the family that crossed his path as well as the sick mind games he played with the grandmother shows just how much of a monster he truly is in the story.
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