Unlikely Christ

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In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor tells the tale of a family taking a road trip to Florida. Unlike the many trips they had traveled before, this one presented them with a morbid surprise. After a startling, but non-life threatening car accident, the family is assisted by a run away convict by the name “The Misfit”. This criminal and his two counterparts assassinate the entire family not long after his identity is revealed. O’Connor does something very unlikely with this grim character; she correlates him to Christ. Through her narratives and imagery “The Misfit” and Christ are oddly linked together symbolically. One instance that O’Connor associates Christ and “The Misfit” is through direct conversation in the text between the criminal and the grandmother. When asked about how he acquired his nickname “The Misfit”, he replied, “ ‘because I can’t make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment’ ” (O’Connor 274). Christ was persecuted for crimes he had not committed and was put to death. The Misfit indicates that his sentences di...

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