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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

"Big black battered hearse-like automobile"

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

This is the description given of The Misfit's car as it approaches the family (70). A hearse, in case you're not familiar with the word, is a vehicle that carries a coffin to a funeral. So, this is another image of imminent death, which foreshadows the fate of the family before The Misfit and company even get out of the car.

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