The Misfit, in Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find," tells the grandmother, “I call myself the Misfit, because I can't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment." How does this provide insight into the Misfit as a character, and what does the Misfit represent? 

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The Misfit is a character of surprising depth. He is first introduced to the readers as a vague fear, one that represents the possibility of violence in the world. Then, at his first appearance, he seems nothing more than a ruthless killer. However, as he talks with the grandmother, he reveals that he sees himself as more than just a perpetrator of violence. He sees himself as a balancing force, not only for the wrongs that he believes were committed against him by the system, but also for what he believes to be the wrongs committed by Jesus and life.

As the Misfit himself explains, he took the name because he did not believe that he had been treated in a way that fit his actions:

I can't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment.

He also explains to the grandmother that Jesus had shown that everything was off balance when he had been punished for things he had not done. However, he later seems to indicate that Jesus himself also made things off balance:

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