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Could you analyze and compare the Grandmother to the Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to...

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dawhit | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM via web

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Could you analyze and compare the Grandmother to the Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a hard comparison to make since the grandmother, no matter how annoying and self-centered, is not such a social misfit that she poses a violent threat to society. As long as this very large and significant distinction between the two of them is kept clearly in view (not all things that are similar can be said to be the same) then a comparison might be drawn. Both Grandmother and Misfit are unsure of their places in the microcosm of society (their niche of society) and both react to this lack of fit, this lack of clear belonging, by lashing out in self-centered ways. Grandmother does this through egocentric whims that become wheedling demands while Misfit does this through (the much worse) actions of violence and devastation that ravage society.

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