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In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," is the grandmother more of a misfit than the Misfit? Any explanations would be greatly appreciated.

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It should be said that the grandmother is certainly a deeply unpleasant character, given her vanity, her racism, her self-importance, and her manipulative personality (and on these grounds, I think she can appropriately be understood as a misfit herself). However, that being said, I do not think she should be labeled as equivalent with the Misfit.

When answering a question such as this one, it might be useful to begin by defining the terms in use. In short, we must first ask the question: what does being a misfit entail? To answer this, I've drawn from Webster's New World College Dictionary (4th Edition, 2001), which provides the following definition: "a person not suited to a job, associates, etc.; maladjusted person" (921). In other words, I would suggest that misfits are often defined in terms of being outsiders.

With this working definition in mind, let's compare the grandmother and the Misfit. The grandmother, as noxious as she is, continues to exist within the social order. By...

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