Good and evil can be defined in many ways. Flannery Oâ€™Conner shows many forms of good and evil in â€œA Good Man is Hard to Findâ€. The Misfit in the story is portrayed to be an evil person. Bailey on the other hand is not. Being good or evil is not determined by how one is raised or what kind of family one comes from, it is determined by the choices one makes and their actions. .
Some may believe that Bailey is a good person and maybe he is at heart, but he shows a lot of evil by the disrespect that he gave to his mother. .
Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldnâ€™t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldnâ€™t answer to my conscience if I did. (1).
This portrays the evil in Bailey by showing the disrespect to his mother that actually caused them their lives.
When the accident occurred and the Misfit came to them and showed more respect to the grandmother than her son ever did. â€œLady,â€ he said, â€œdonâ€™t you get upset. Sometimes a man says things he donâ€™t mean. I donâ€™t reckon he meant to talk to you thataway.â€ (10) His kind words to a distraught woman showed the good in him.
The Misfit starts to show his evilness by expressing his beliefs of the things he has done are not his fault. â€œJesus thown everything off balance. It was the same case with Him as with me except He hadnâ€™t committed any crime and they could prove I had committed one because they had the papers on me.â€ (14) Blaming someone else for the wrong doings that the Misfit committed is a sign that he is unable to take on the responsibility of his own actions.
â€œShe reached out and touched him on the shoulder. The Misfit sprang back as if a snake had bitten him and shot her three times through the chest.