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How does race fit into the story's themes? Is it merely peripheral?

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Race isn't just a peripheral theme in the story; in many ways, it serves to characterize the grandmother and to illustrate her hypocrisy. The grandmother believes herself to be both a fine lady and a good Christian. When facing her impending execution, the grandmother wants the Misfit to turn to God, telling him that he's a "good man" who only needs to pray to Jesus for help. Her "Christian" efforts to save the Misfit are a veiled effort to save herself, and he sees through her empty words,...

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