What is the significance of the grandmother calling the Misfit her own son and merging her real son with the Misfit in "A Good Man Is Hard to Find?"

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In addition to the previous answer, the grandmother's conversion demonstrates O'Connor's belief that people are so fallen and oblivious that only the most drastic experience will move them to conversion. The Misfit recognizes this when he states that she would have been a good woman if someone would have put a gun to her head every minute of her life. The deaths of her family were not even enough to move her to give up her pretenses, etc. Only the imminent loss of her own life woke her up. 

Throughout the story, the grandmother has been uncharitable towards her family and other people. Only at the last moment, when she embraces the Misfit as her own son, does she show true charity and love.

Until the end of the story, the grandmother is more concerned with external displays of her class status than with acting...

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