Analysis: The Misfit

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When the grandmother is left alone with The Misfit after his goons kill her family, she seems to be searching for some humanity in him in an attempt to protect herself. She relies on statements about “good blood” and religion to convince her own attacker he is an amiable man; therefore wouldn’t hurt an old woman. While he continues to discuss what exactly he thinks went wrong in his life to lead him to his current path, the grandmother almost deliriously claims that he is one of her own children. The first time I read this scene, I figured it was because of the trauma she had just received. Perhaps seeing this man talk about his feelings while wearing her actual son`s shirt confused her. I had thought the ending of the conversation to be extremely
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