The Misfit Character Analysis

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Do you ever wonder why a villain is driven to commit heinous acts? Why the protagonist goes out of his way to be helpful? It is all because of one's beliefs. Beliefs like these are shaped by past experiences and outside influences. Since every person has a different life, their beliefs have the possibility of being very different. While all beliefs should be respected, some are considered morally wrong in society today, labeling that person evil. Evil can be interpreted in many ways and can be more serious depending on the act. All motives that are selfish or a detriment to another person, are considered wrongful in society today. On the other hand, someone who is morally good person is constantly helpful and selfless. People are not…show more content…
Of the background that the character reveals about his own life, most is about the Misfit's dad, a huge role model in his life. His influence on the early stages of The Misfit's life led up to the event that started his bad decisions and forever mislead his beliefs. While recalling information about his father, the Misfit says, "'He never got in trouble with the Authorities though. Just had the knack of handling them"' (O'Connor 364). His dad's success with committing wrongful acts and getting away with them highlights that The Misfit shaped his own beliefs by looking up to his dad. Growing up with this influence, The Misfit must have believed that evil acts are fine as long as you can handle the situations for your benefit. His dad also caused him to believe that he was different from his siblings. Reminiscing, The Misfit tells us that he was a good kid to start, but that one event caused him to go to the penitentiary, showing that he wasn't born evil. Drawing inspiration from his father, The Misfit's beliefs and life was forever changed by being raised with that kind of negative influence as a father…show more content…
The main family in this story lives on the upper end of a neighborhood with a noticeable gap in lifestyle. This gap is represented by a hill, with the poor near the bottom and the rich near the top. These differences in social class come with a drastic difference in quality of life and appreciation of all life. After a tragic death in the poorer community, Laura delivered leftover food from the party to the devastated family; "This was the house. It must be. A dark knot of people stood outside" (Mansfield). The support shown from the people of the same lower class reinforces that people from the upper class don't respect or care about the problems the lower class faces. Numerous people outside the grieving woman's home were all there for her, since she did not have the means to support for her family anymore. This reaction, is one of people who are caring and loving. In contrast to this, when the mother of a rich family throwing an extravagant garden party received the news, all of her worry was directed towards the garden party continuing. The lack of immediate pity establishes that the mother's belief involves no compassion or reaction unless it is directly affecting her spoiled
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