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At the beginning of this short story it appeared that the grandmother was going to be the villain unintentionally, but I believe that there was a bigger villain in the story. The thing that sets apart a villain and a good person is the intent to hurt others. The grandmother was doing what she thought was best where as The Misfit intentionally murdered the whole family. The point of view of this allowed an inside look into all the characters’ minds which made the reader able to understand the grandmother was not being malicious. The theme of this is this piece is that the suffering of one is preferable to the suffering of all. The child in the room is kept there because they need the child to remain miserable. By doing this the rest of the town can live happy lives. As soon as the child is happy they all suffer in it’s place. The use of imagery describing the beautiful town in the beginning is starkly contrasted with the town’s dark back story. This is the contrast that keeps the town folks happy and the child
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