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Could the grandmother be a misfit in this story as well? If so, in which ways do you...

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Posted September 27, 2013 at 3:14 AM via web

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Could the grandmother be a misfit in this story as well? If so, in which ways do you think she is a misfit and is not a misfit? How could you exactly determine a misfit?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 17, 2013 at 4:32 AM (Answer #1)

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The grandmother could certainly be considered a misfit; however, that all depends on your definition of a misfit. If you are defining the term as dictionary.com does, as someone who is "not suited or is unable to adjust to the circumstances of his or her particular situation" then she definitely can be considered a misfit. She is out of place throughout the story. She does not fit in with the rest of her family or even the society in which she is living. She is always referencing the the way things used to be. This is where the title comes into play. From the discussion she has with Red Sammy Butts about how you can not trust anybody anymore. She is out of touch with the realities of the new world. She is always trying to act proper but uses horrible terms like "pinckaninny".  However, she could be considered as not a misfit for the same reasons. She is easily characterized and not hard to understand. She is very set in her ways and lets the other characters know how they should be.


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