The Misfit | Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to those people.| The grandmother uses news of a criminal called The Misfit’s escape from prison and intended destination to discourage her family from traveling to Florida. While readers do not learn what The Misfit did—the crime is literally unspeakable, at least by a lady like the grandmother—readers understand that there were multiple victims. In this scene, readers also learn that the criminal named himself The Misfit, implying that he clearly understands part of what drives him to a life of violent crime. | He was an older man than the other two. His hair was just beginning to gray and he wore silver-rimmed spectacles that gave him a scholarly look. He had a long creased face and didn’t have on any shirt or undershirt. He had on blue jeans that were too tight for him and was holding a black hat and a gun.| The narrator describes the three men who approach the family after the car accident. The driver’s appearance seems unusual. Moments later readers learn that this odd-looking man is none other than The Misfit, the very criminal the grandmother named in her attempts to manipulate Bailey to take a side trip. The Misfit’s appearance certainly reflects his nickname’s meaning: He doesn’t appear to fit in with how other men his age should look. QUESTION 1. What does the misfit symbolize In A Good Man Is Hard to Find? Uses symbolism to give more meaning to her short story. O'Connor writes a story of a Grandmother versus a Misfit , or good versus evil. ... In "A Good Man is Hard to Find " the Grandmother is a main character that symbolizes a savior. 2. What is the moral of the story a good man is hard to find? The grandmother and Misfit live by moral codes that affect their decisions, actions, and perceptions. ... The grandmother has built her moral code on the characteristics that she believes make people “ good .” 3. How is the grandmother a misfit in a good man is hard to find? The unnamed grandmother in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find ” considers herself morally superior to others by virtue of her being a “lady,” and she freely and frequently passes judgment on others. ... When the Misfit systematically murders the family, the grandmother never once begs him to spare her children or grandchildren 4. What is the point of view of a good man is hard to find? Third Person (Limited Omniscient) The story's told in the third person, and it centers singularly on the grandmother. She's the character we're told the most about, by far. She's also the only character whose point of view we can access directly. 5. What is a good man is hard to find about? "A Good Man Is Hard to Find " is a short story written by Flannery O'Connor in 1953. The story appears in the collection of short stories of the same name. The interpretive work of scholars often focuses on the controversial final scene.
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