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Compare and contrast the grandmother and the Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to...

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Posted September 18, 2008 at 1:38 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the grandmother and the Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find".

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 18, 2008 at 7:16 AM (Answer #1)

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The grandmother and the Misfit have more differences than similarities, such as age and social status.  The similarities are few in number, bu they do exist.  Both the grandmother and the Misfit are both missing important emotional and spiritual bonds.  The grandmother has never truly "gotten" what being saved truly means and how to achieve true salvation.  She is ignorant to what real salvation is.  The Misfit also is missing the ability to empathize and bond with other human beings. He sees them as a means to an end.  He does not hold respect for human life.  The only companions he has are two goons who aid him in murdering others.  The grandmother recognizes that the Misfit has, more than likely, not had anyone really care about him in his life, so she has an epiphany at the end of the story and desperately reaches out to him on an emotional and spiritual level.

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