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The Misfit Essay

793 words - 3 pages

Society today is a mismatch of ideas and people from every walk of life and as diverse in thinking as grains of sand on the beach. This portrayal of a diverse society is so vivid in Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. The characters in the story can are a functioning society with each person bringing to light a specific negative trait of society, but no other name than the one given to the escape convict strikes the very soul of every reader. By comparing the characters of the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” to society, and analyzing the term Misfit as it reflects society today.
Each character in O’Connor’s short story brings to surface the bitter way society functions today. Take for instance the grandmother, shows how manipulative society can be when things do not go their way through out the story the grandmother manipulates her way to bring the trip to a halt and in to trouble and even when she knows she is lost she reaches out and surprises everyone by trying to side with the convict “Why your one of my babies. Your one of my own children!” (O'Connor 238-248).This quote is. A direct representation of how manipulative the grandmother can be in the story, and in many ways how society is today. Society will manipulate anything from the news to information to better fit a cause and the excuse given is that it is done to better civilization.
The mother in the story a nameless figure with very little description and almost no voice what so ever. She is a bitter reminder of how society views some woman. They are seen as a permanent stature of a home but not necessarily a figure in society. The kids both very loud and annoying portray a selfish, rude, an almost ignorant way of society such as John Wesley he says “Tennessee is just a hill billy dump ground and Georgia is lousy too” (O'Connor 238-248). The ignorant way someone with any vision beyond the front of their nose would have. June Star is no different she is rude and prosaic at best. Both these characters represent the negativity and ignorance of society with a hint of greed someone with no real outlook in life. Last is Bailey a man with a fussy character line he has a tough time maintaining everyone in line and...

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