The Misfit ToyMichael Nunno
English Pd.four23 April 2018
The Misfit Toy
In Flannery O'Connor's brief story, "A Good Man is Onerous to Discover," a twisted felony identified solely as "The Misfit" captures a household of 4 and a grandmother that he runs into throughout his escape. As he proceeds to execute every member of the family, he breaks down the grandmother's weak ethical code.
Why does O'Connor use such a violent character? O'Connor makes use of The Misfit's twisted however unbreakable ethical code to reveal the grandmother's ethical weak spot and hypocrisy.One of many first cases we see of the Grandmother's ethical weak spot is when she refrains from admitting fault for giving false details about the placement of a plantation home.
Because the textual content states: "The horrible thought she had had earlier than the accident was that the home she had remembered so vividly was not in Georgia however in Tennessee." After this quote the grandmother says nothing about how she was incorrect, however as a substitute, after her false data and her loopy cat inflicting a automobile crash, she curls up underneath the dashboard and hopes that she is damage in order that she will be able to keep away from battle together with her son.
Clearly right here she is displaying cowardice and a refusal of self introspection. The grandmother doesn't need to admit that she is incorrect, and actually even hopes she is injured so she's going to obtain pity from her household.After the automobile crashes, the stranded household is met by three unknown males. The grandmother finally notices that the group of males is led by the infamous felony, the Misfit.
The grandmother, out of worry begins to name the Misfit "a superb man," after he says he would hate to shoot a girl, and praises his dad and mom, displaying her ethical weak spot as she calls a wished felony "good." "'You would not shoot a girl, would you?...I do know you are a good man...I do know you will need to come from good individuals...you should not name your self the misfit as a result of I do know you are a good man at coronary heart."
On this quote, the grandmother is siding with an evil man out of worry. Earlier than this case the grandmother says: "I would not take my kids in any route with a felony like that aloose in it. I could not reply to my conscience if I did." In a tough state of affairs, the grandmother is seen breaking away from her ethical beliefs and siding with no matter is handy to guard herself basically.
This then would present the Grandmother's ethical shortcomings, if she is prepared to twist her beliefs or throw them out altogether simply to get out of a nasty state of affairs.In contrast to the grandmother who appears to be allergic to introspection, the Misfit finds private definition by what he has finished incorrect.
Because the Misfit says, "'Nome, I ain't a superb man...however I ain't the worst on the planet neither...I came upon the crime do not matter. You are able to do one factor or you are able to do one other, kill a person or take a tire off his automobile...I name myself the Misfit, as a result of I can not make what all I finished incorrect match with all I gone by way of in punishment.'"
The Misfit is saying that he is aware of he's not the perfect man on the planet, however he's not the worst both. Subsequently, although he's a nasty man, he's not averse to goodness; you possibly can see this in his well mannered gesture to the Grandmother through which he apologizes for being in inappropriate apparel: "I am sorry I haven't got on a shirt earlier than you women..." He then goes on within the quote to outline himself by the seemingly unjust punishment he obtained for one thing he doesn't bear in mind doing and due to that, he goes on to commit crimes that do deserve punishment.
One other occasion through which the Misfit's unbreakable ethical code reveals the weak spot of the Grandmother is when he recollects why he was put in jail through which he states: "I by no means was a nasty boy that I bear in mind of...however someplace alongside the road I finished one thing incorrect and obtained despatched to the penitentiary...I forgot what I finished, woman.
I set there...attempting to recollect what it was I finished and I ain't recalled it to this present day." He doesn't bear in mind why he was put in jail, and later blatantly denies that he killed his father, recollecting completely that his father died in 1919 from the flu and his grave is at Hopewell Baptist churchyard.
The Grandmother then tries to inform the Misfit that perhaps the state made a mistake, however the Misfit is not going to have it, "Nome...That they had the papers on me." The Misfit doesn't query why he was put in jail, nor does he maintain a grudge towards it as a result of he is aware of he did one thing, in spite of everything, "That they had the papers," on him.
This sort of ethical power, to have the ability to settle for being put in jail although he forgot what he did is a whole foil to the Grandmother whose weak spot is proven in her sympathizing for the Misfit, attempting to say that the Misfit was falsely imprisoned although to start with of the story she noticed him as an escaped convict.By the tip, it turns into obvious that the Grandmother is morally weak. She tries time and time once more to get on the Misfit's good facet to remain alive as a substitute of attempting to avoid wasting her household.
The Misfit operates underneath his self-proclaimed ethical code of "meanness" that he by no means breaks away from all through the story, killing your complete household two by two. Because the Misfit says: "If [Jesus] did what He stated, then it is nothing so that you can do now however throw away all the things and comply with him, and if He did not, then it is nothing so that you can do however benefit from the jiffy you bought left the perfect you possibly can – by killing anyone or burning down his home or doing another meanness to him.
No pleasure however meanness." The Grandmother then says, "Perhaps he did not increase the lifeless." Clearly right here, the Misfit has gotten to the Grandmother to the purpose that she is prepared to surrender her religion simply to avoid wasting her personal life.The Misfit then says that neither of them is aware of if Jesus did or didn't increase the lifeless however "...if I had been there I'd of identified and I would not be like I'm now." O'Connor then describes him as if he was prepared to interrupt down crying.
It's clear that the Misfit needs to make certain of the reality, that he's not glad to be on the trail that he's on, however he's on it, and he doesn't plan to go towards the beliefs that he holds. This reveals excessive ethical power on the Misfit's half. He doesn't get pleasure from what he's or what he believes, however he is aware of who he's and he believes what he believes is true although he doesn't prefer it. That is in stark distinction with the Grandmother who believes no matter is handy for her.
It then turns into clear right here that the Misfit is a foil to the Grandmother; he sticks by an ethical code that causes him struggling and brings authorized bother to him, whereas the Grandmother floats round and sticks to sure ethical attributes that may assist her keep away from battle within the short-term.To additional the declare that the Grandmother is weak, the Misfit says on the finish of the story that the Grandmother would have been a superb girl if somebody was there to "shoot her each minute of her life."
Right here, the Misfit is saying that the Grandmother's complete perception system modified when a gun was held as much as her. She was morally weak and the world she lived in allowed her to be so. If the Grandmother needed to cope with true hardship in her life, perhaps she would have been morally sturdy.
Lastly, when Bobby Lee, one of many Misfit's companions in crime declares that capturing at somebody their entire life could be, "Some enjoyable!" The Misfit's response is that, "It is no actual pleasure in life." The Misfit sticks to his ethical code to the very finish. It is not enjoyable to shoot at individuals, it is not enjoyable to be shot, the world is just not enjoyable, and in keeping with the Misfit, there is no such thing as a enjoyable, there's "no actual pleasure in life.
"Some may say the Grandmother reveals larger ethical power than the Misfit by humanizing him in spite of everything he does by calling him, "...one in all my very own kids!" Whereas it might be true she reveals nearly Christly like to an evil man, it doesn't essentially present her ethical power, and actually, the other often is the case.
The grandmother to start with of the story sees the Misfit as a vicious felony on the unfastened. Nevertheless, now when she sees vulnerability within the Misfit, she tries to take advantage of it and present acceptance and love to at least one that solely is aware of "meanness." The Grandmother is just not displaying ethical power, however altering her ethical beliefs and beliefs as soon as once more to avoid wasting herself, to no avail, because the Misfit rapidly jumps again and shoots her thrice earlier than she will be able to exploit his second of weak spot.
Subsequently, in conclusion, the Misfit's character serves as a foil to the grandmother to tug away the veil of fake holiness that she lives with and expose her hypocrisy and corruption. Though the Misfit is tortured by his ethical code, he follows it anyway as a result of he believes it's true, not like the Grandmother who agrees with all the things he says and tries to pander to his concepts, utterly throwing her earlier ethical code out the window.?
Works CitedO'Connor, Flannery. A Good Man Is Onerous to Discover. Faber ; Faber, 2016.