What is Hiram's redeeming quality?

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What is Hiram's redeeming quality?

Post by Charlyt » 13 Oct 2018, 09:49

What characteristic of Hiram made you think that he's not all bad?

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Post by Cotwani » 13 Oct 2018, 15:24

Loving his children in his own way. I was especially touched when he went out of his way to cheer Sophie out of her heartbreak. He tried to be supportive of Billy and asked about Ann's wellbeing.
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Post by Bavithra M » 16 Oct 2018, 08:13

I dont think Hiram McDowell had any good quality he was a bad person.

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Post by ViziVoir » 20 Oct 2018, 13:25

The fact that he improved somewhat towards the end of the book is, in itself, his most redeeming quality - at least, in my opinion, of course.

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Post by ems2 » 21 Oct 2018, 10:00

I agree with the last post.

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Post by fernsmom » 21 Oct 2018, 10:19

In the second half of the book I believe it showed the love he had for his children. He still wasn't going to get the award for father of the year of course, but at least there was that side. Also, the fact that he seemed to be trying to change and be a better person, to me that made me like him a little just for that.

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Post by Life In Books » Yesterday, 08:17

The second part of the story had instances of self-realization. By the end of the story, it was evident that Hiram will become a lovable character for the audience.

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Post by Doug Jones » Yesterday, 16:46

ViziVoir wrote:
20 Oct 2018, 13:25
The fact that he improved somewhat towards the end of the book is, in itself, his most redeeming quality - at least, in my opinion, of course.
That's my opinion too. His capacity for self-improvement is what redeems him, ultimately.
Nothing is more conductive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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