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The Lucifer Effect Analysis

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Flannery O’Connor once said “Good and evil appear to be joined in every culture at the spine.” From this we get the idea that the theme of good and evil is sometimes relatable to everybody and some individuals have been through events or maybe misconceptions about this. From “A Good Man is hard to Find” you can gather the sense that evil is mainly based on perception and each person has their own ideas and opinion of good and evil and also a description of there wouldn’t be any “Goodness” in the world without a balance of evil or immoral doings almost close with the concept of yin and yang. In the short story the Misfit plays very heavily in the perception of good and evil and can be characterized as someone undergoing “The Lucifer Effect”…show more content…
The Misfit experienced first-hand how society and the world can just easily put the blame on someone innocent of a crime without evidence and without a second thought to look for confirmation they just went along with papers and reading through the story, it seems as though The Misfit was even sent to a mental hospital because of it “"Nobody had nothing I wanted," he said.” It was a head-doctor at the penitentiary said what I had done was kill my daddy, but I known that for a lie” (431). Usually when someone undergoes these kinds of endeavors it’s understandable to see some mental issues or even a change of mindset. The Misfits sights on religion even changed due to that situation “Jesus shown everything off balance. It was the same case with Him as with me except He hadn't committed any crime and they could prove I had committed one because they had the papers on me. Of course," he said, "they never shown me my papers. That's why I sign myself now”…show more content…
I see that the argument The Misfit was giving through the story was pretty valid there are people treated exactly like The Misfit and can’t really come to terms as to why they were treated unfairly “I call myself The Misfit," he said, "because I can't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment” (432). The Misfit is pretty much scarred with those memories and regardless of what words that are said to him those memoires are not something you can get over real quickly. Theologically The Misfit premises from there’s “No pleasure but meanness” during his time in jail. I also think Flannery O’Connor had some similarities with The Misfit as it pertains to sharing what the meaning of life is in their eyes “This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in its relation to that”
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