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

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Who or what is the real monster in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"? I have to write a paper on this short story and the question is, My thoughts so far are the grandmother, the penitentiary system...

Who or what is the real monster in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"?

I have to write a paper on this short story and the question is,

My thoughts so far are the grandmother, the penitentiary system (assuming the Misfit was really innocent) or religion, but I can't really formulate good proof and such for any.

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 Concerning "A Good Man is Hard to Find," first, we need to clear up a misconception.  The Misfit doesn't say he's innocent, and the story doesn't suggest that he is.  He says he can't remember doing what he's supposed to have done.  That's not the same as being innocent.  And he certainly does not act innocently in the story.  Though he is respectful, polite, and in a warped way considerate, he is also self-centered, brutal, and destructive.  He has obviously done some thinking, but his thinking in some ways is still extremely...

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