Characteristics Of The Misfit Essay

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Characteristics Of The Misfit People can be very misunderstood, especially literary characters in dramatic stories. In Flannery O'Conners "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", the Misfit is judged by the grandmothers point of view. At the beginning of the story she reads about the Misfit and compiles her own data on his lifestyle, and says "I wouldn't take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. That is basically saying that he is an evil man that she would not want to be close to, so all ready she has given him a bad rap. She has placed the Misfit in the role of a man who is a criminal who does not like to be messed with, and a rough, rugged, scary looking guy. He has been misunderstood throughout the story because of his past history of being a criminal. His traits are different then described, but he does have some likeness to what the grandmother pictures. The grandmother describes him as a rough rugged man who is very mean. He is also described as a person who is not well dressed and very dirty and scruffy looking. When she encounters the Misfit she is surprised at how wrong she was. The Misfit is a very well dressed man who looks very clean and innocent, according to the grandmother. He would not be mistaken for a criminal. This surprises the grandmother, because he not only is very innocent looking but he is acting very intelligently. He presents himself in a very polite manner, and his facial expressions and his clothing speak very highly of himself. He acts very polite under the circumstances, which is out in the middle of nowhere. The atmosphere shows how calm and collected he can be which shows no sign of a lunatic from prison. So what the grandmother read at the beginning of the story about the misfit had given a false interpretation of him. Behavior is also a major characteristic of the Misfit. The grandmother thinks of the Misfit of being an out of control lunatic. When the grandmother first realizes who the Misfit is she starts to cry as to believe that she is in trouble, and then she says "You wouldn't shoot a lady, would you?" So right away she thinks that the Misfit is going to kill them. As they are meeting the Misfit they soon realize what kind of person he is. He is a very calm individual who does not seem like the criminal type. He blends in well with the other characters, and, until the end, he does not get violent with any of the other characters. Even when he is giving orders he is very well organized and does not panic in any way. He does not seem hostile to the grandmother or to his henchmen. You can tell that he has done this before, because of how calm he is. Since he has the gun, and the family knows that he will use it if he has to, the follow his every command. The Misfit...

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