A Good Man Is Hard To Find Essay

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Andrew Riess Cousins ENGL 1102 28 September 2010 Violence- A Means to an End When most people encounter problems, deliberation is done in how to resolve the specific problem. It is generally a well thought out process where the pros and cons of each possible decision are weighed against each other. If executed correctly the process will generally result in the proper decisions being made. However, not everyone chooses to follow these guidelines to problem solving, and the people do not always come up with the best solution to the problem. Among these people is the Misfit from Flannery O' Connor's short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Instead of carefully weighing each possible outcome the Misfit uses violence to solve the majority of the problems he faces. Violence is a quick and efficient way of solving problems,but will generally end up making more problems. This too is true in the case of the Misfit because as he solves one problem he manages to create an entirely new problem in the process. Regardless if the problem is big or small the Misfit uses acts of violence to solve whatever predicament he is in at the moment. His first encounter of a problem is when the Grandmother recognizes his face and exclaims “You're the Misfit” (O' Connor 1257). While those few words may not seem that important, those three words create a huge problem for the Misfit. The Misfit is being kind and somewhat courteous helping a family in need, but when the Grandmother recognizes his face it puts him in jeopardy of being caught. Since the Misfit can not be sure of whether or not the family will turn him in, he must make a decision on how to solve the problem. His decision is surely made when he tells the Grandmother “it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn't of reckernized me” (1257). Judging by the short period of time between when the

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