According to Stephen C. Bandy, the author of “One of My Babies: The Misfit and the Grandmother”, O’ Connor’s book is based not on grace and salvation, but somehow very cynical and contrary to the concept of Christianity. Its message is intensely pessimistic and seditious to the canons of grace (Kirk 76). Bandy in actual sense does not heed any likelihood of a moment of grace arguing that much criticism of the story seems to take a sappy view of the Grandmother largely because she is a grandmother (O’Conner 2). According to Bandy, her insensitivity is astonishing, even though she sees herself as a gallant guardian of social etiquette in a world of barbarians. When the grandmother declares that the Misfit is “…one of my babies” Bandy considers it true since her deficiency of ethics is her deficiency as well (Kirk 75).
At the initial meeting of the Misfit and the Grandmother, it was easy to see the Misfit as the bad guy and the Grandmother as the innocent one. But from the moralistic perspective, their positions can’t be justified. The grandmother is selfish, as the story illustrates from the beginning, and the misfit is a criminal who takes pleasure in killing, both of them are in some way serving their own causes, and portraying self-love. Both of them bring these selfish desires into the closing dialogue of the story. The misfit is out to kill and the grandmother is