A Good Man is Hard to Find

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The Misfit’s Car Symbol Icon

Described as a “big black battered hearse-like automobile,” the Misfit’s car is a clear symbol for death when it enters the family’s story of petty conflicts. A hearse, a type of car that is unusually long and designed to carry the coffin to a funeral, is an unambiguous indication that the idea of death has arrived—for both the family and in the mind of the reader. Sure enough, it turns out that the car’s passengers—the Misfit, Bobby Lee, and Hiram—are killers, and they end up murdering Bailey’s entire family. The hearse-like car thus also symbolizes that the Misfit and his henchmen are carrying a history of violence and death with them.

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The Misfit’s Car Symbol Timeline in A Good Man is Hard to Find

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Misfit’s Car appears in A Good Man is Hard to Find. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...road, and behind the ditch are only woods. A few minutes later, they spot a car. The Grandmother waves her arms. The car, a “big black battered hearse-like automobile,” approaches. The... (full context)