The Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Analytical Essay by RightRiters

The Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
A review of the novel "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor.
# 23049 | 605 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 15, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, which is set in the South and contains some of the typical Southern attitudes that were prevalent in the area. It demonstrates how these attitudes were deeply rooted through the comments made by the character Grandmother. It looks at how the reality of the character of the Misfit demonstrates the stereotypes about social class and upbringing by contrasting the reality of the character with Grandmother's stereotypes. It shows how the misfit is a significant character in illustrating the prevalence of common misconception in the Southern United States.

From the Paper:

"The southern stereotypes are recited again and again by Grandmother. Grandmother judges the man by his looks and the clothes he wears, she totally ignores the explanation by the Misfit about stealing them. For Grandmother, it is all about how he looks on the outside now.
"Listen," the grandmother almost screamed, "I know you're a good man. You don't look a bit like you have com- mon blood. I know you must come from nice people" {O'Connor, p. 147). She repeats it again on the same page, "Yes, it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen," she said, "you shouldn't call yourself The Misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell " {O'Connor, p. 147)"

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