The Alchemist Essay

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What qualities of the grandmother do you like? What qualities do you dislike? How did you feel when The Misfit killed her? Why? The grandmother may have been a bit talkative and extravagant, but she was a lonely lady that made sure she had a say in whatever was happening around her. She had come from an earlier time, a time where people thought and spoke differently than we would today. The grandmother could be described as prejudice and having old Southern ways. She is not always right, and she is not always wrong. I felt sympathy for the grandmother when the Misfit murdered her. She attempted to help the Misfit, but her words were nothing to him. The Misfit was a cold and ruthless person. 2. How would you characterize the other members of the family? What is the function of images like the following: the mother's "face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like a rabbit's ears" and the grandmother's "big black valise looked like the head of a hippopotamus"? Bailey, the grandmother’s only son, seems to have a stressful life. A young married man with three children, and obviously a chatty mother, he has to take care of. Bailey’s wife seems to be a woman of few words. The purpose of “face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage an was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like a rabbit’s ears” is to describe the wife. She is a traditional housewife, the head-kerchief represents her cleaning and taking care of home and family, but she has no decision making possibilities. Bailey is the head of the family and makes the decisions. Neither Bailey or his wife executes any discipline on John Wesley or June Star, though the grandmother attempts to inform the children of their rudeness and disrespect. The “big black valise looked like the head of a hippopotamus”
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