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In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," why does The Misfit kill the grandmother last?

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It seems possible to me that the Misfit kills the grandmother last because she is actually giving him an opportunity to explain his life to someone. No one seems to have been interested in his professions of innocence up till now, and the interaction with her provides him with the chance to really give voice to the injustice done to him—injustice that, according to him, caused him to become the criminal he is now. He claims that no one could ever show him the proof of the crimes of which he was initially, wrongfully, accused. He says,

"That's why I sign myself now. I said long ago, you get you a signature and sign everything you do and keep a copy of it. Then you'll know what you done and you can hold up the crime to the punishment and see do they match and in the end you'll have something to prove you ain't been treated right. I call myself The Misfit . . . because I can't make what all I done wrong fit what all I gone through in punishment."

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