Title: The True Characteristics of the Misfit and the Grandmother ; Book: "A Good Man is Hard to Find" ; Author: Flannery O'Connor

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By the end of the story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find", one might think that the grandmother was the innocent one and the Misfit was the evil one. But there is more to the story than meets the eye. When the Misfit's henchmen took the rest of the family into the woods to execute them, the grandmother was left with the Misfit. While the grandmother was conversing with the Misfit, she seemed indifferent about the fate of the others; she only cared about herself. The resolution of the external conflict between the grandmother and the Misfit showed their true colors.

During the conversation between the grandmother and the Misfit, he said, "I call myself the Misfit because I can't make all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment." (O'Connor 124) He also said that he wasn't a bad person when he was young but he got sent to a penitentiary.

He was accused for killing his father but he knew for a fact that he was not guilty of that crime. He remembered that his father died from the epidemic flu yet he was still blamed for it. It was after that incident when he started to become a criminal. He reasoned that the context of the crime didn't matter; one could kill a man or steal a tire but would forget what one had done and get punished for something that one didn't even remember doing.

However, the grandmother only responded in regard to herself. She said to him, "You've got good blood! I know you wouldn't shoot a lady! I know you come from nice people! Pray! Jesus, you ought not to shoot a lady, I'll give you all the money I've got!" (O'Connor 124) This

showed that she only...