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How does the Misfit seek justice? Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

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It's a moot point whether The Misfit really seeks justice as such. But there seems little doubt that he has no hesitation in putting himself forward as judge, jury, and executioner, especially in relation to the grandmother. We gather from The Misfit that he's mightily aggrieved, bitter at the hand he's been dealt in life. By killing the grandmother and her family he seems to feel that wrongs are being righted somehow. In that sense, he does have a moral code of sorts, albeit one that all civilized people would find abhorrent. He also has a sense of justice, though again not one that most people would recognize or accept.

One way of looking at The Misfit is to say that he pursues what he considers true justice. But he can only do this by committing a conventional act of injustice. True justice in this case means original sin, something in which the Augustinian Catholic O'Connor strongly believed. The Misfit acts as an unwelcome reminder of the universal sin in which, according to...

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