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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 lessons First the Grandmother introduces the Misfit early in the story when she states That fellow that calls himself the Misfit is loose from the Federal Pen OConnor 130I wouldnt take my children in any direction with a criminal like that loose in it 130 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 130 It at least 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 family Next 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 To begin with while the family is in the car the Grandmother tells June Star and John Wesley In my time children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else 131 Then as they pass by a Negro child the Grandmother exclaims Oh look at
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