In light of this a more likely explanation for what The Misfit says earlier

In light of this a more likely explanation for what

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pleasure. In light of this, a more likely explanation for what The Misfit says  earlier might be that he doesn't think there's anything  wrong  with killing. It  could be that he feels as if he doesn't deserve his punishment because he  doesn't think any crime deserves punishment. He feels no guilt, which he'd  need to have in order for his punishment to seem right to him. All he knows  about punishment is that he doesn't like it, because it makes him miserable. That might be what The Misfit's "forgetting" means. He can forget what he's  done because it doesn't matter to him. And it doesn't matter to him because  he doesn't feel it's wrong. The disconnect between punishment and "crime"  is clear in something else he says: "I found out the crime don't matter. You can do one thing or you can do  another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later you're  going to forget what it was you done and just be punished for it ." (123) We think there's a big difference between killing someone and taking his  tire, but The Misfit fails to acknowledge that there is a difference between  these two acts. It's all the same to him, and punishment is all the same to  him, because it's never deserved. The Misfit as a "Moral Nihilist" with a Dose of  Christianity You know things are getting serious when we whip out phrases like "moral  nihilist." What does it mean? Well, strictly speaking, a nihilist is someone  who doesn't believe that there can be any basis for judging what is right and  what is wrong. A social nihilist might believe that social institutions have no basis for judging right and wrong. That's a little sloppy, but still gets at the 
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point. A nihilist can admit that certain things are "right" and others are  "wrong," but he'll mean something different than a person who isn't a  nihilist. When one says something's "wrong," one usually means that  one  should not do it . For a nihilist, something is  wrong  if  other people  say you  shouldn't do it. The nihilist won't really  feel  or recognize it to be wrong, and  won't be troubled by committing any particular act. It seems that The Misfit has this view. He admits that he's done things that  are obviously wrong by other people's standards, but they don't feel wrong to him. As a result, he resents being punished for his actions. For him, they're  just pleasurable. It might also seem strange that he could resent being  punished for his acts if he doesn't believe it's wrong to kill someone. Why  then is it wrong to lock him up?
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