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At the beginning of the story, the grandmother is portrayed as a selfish and ignorant character who puts her personal gain and pleasure before others convenience. Her insisting on visiting an insignificant house was the actual cause that got the whole family killed. When the criminals murder her grandchildren and other family members, she seems to be more focused on begging for her life rather than trying to protect other people. On the surface, she doesn't come across as a sympathetic character as her greed and selfishness result in other people being harmed but if looked deeper, one can see that she lacks the important qualities in life of appreciating those around you and other faith. Her religious belief is greatly prejudiced and contradicted and such lacking qualities in life may portray her as a sympathetic character.
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