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Throughout her short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find Flannery OConnor uses subtle characterization to establish the characters of the Misfit and the Grandmother While some of the characteristics in the story are straightforward and easily understood others require one to look beneath the surface Upon ones first reading of the story he or she most likely believes that the Misfit is a dangerous bad criminal and the Grandmother just an old woman but upon closer examination it is obvious that in fact the Grandmother is the real villain of the story while the Misfit is a man who feels he has a name to uphold and has learned many of lifes lessonsFirst the Grandmother introduces the Misfit early in the story when she states That fellow that calls himself the Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen352I wouldnt take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it 352 Already the reader is led to believe that the Misfit must indeed be an awful criminal The Grandmother is also characterized early in the story Her grandchildren state She wouldnt stay at home for a million bucks Afraid shed miss something She has to go everywhere we go 352 It seems that early in the story that the Misfit is a bad man while the Grandmother is just an old woman who enjoys spending time with her familyNext although the Grandmother seems to be a sweet old woman there are several instances that point to the fact that she is manipulative and hypocritical Di Renzo says in his book American Gargoyles that many critics have objections to A good man is hard to find because of OConnors elaborate comic depiction of the grandmother and her family He goes on to say that because the family is so ludicrous so irredeemably gauche and petty that it would be impossible for the reader to sympathize with them even when the misfit
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