A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

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Is the grandmother more of a misfit than the Misfit? I'm having trouble explaining if the grandmother is more of a "misfit" than the actual Misfit?  Any explanations would be greatly appreciated.

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I think this is a great question.  Before analyzing this topic, it is important to understand the reason that Flannery O'Connor wrote this story and all of her other stories. 

O'Connor's main purpose in this story, as well as her other writings was to bring people to Christ.

So, grandmother was absolutely a misfit, in the since that her actions were very un-Chistlike.  She was hypocritical, prejudice, selfish and self rightous.

And the Misfit was obviously a misfit because he was a murderer, very un-UnChristlike indeed.

In a sense, they are equally misfits at one point in the story. They are equally sinful.  I don't think that you could say that say that one is more of a misfit than the other.

However, at the end, the grandmother, before she is shot, is redeemed.  She sees...

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