The Character and Nature Of Molly Grue in "The last unicorn"

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In the novel, The last Unicorn. we are introduced to a character named Molly Grue. Through chapters' five and six she goes through many changes. Molly goes from being an outwardly crude woman to a soft, kind-hearted lady. Molly is a caring person. She is faithful to the band of men. Molly is encouraging and hopeful. These three qualities of Molly Grue will be further discussed in the essay. These three qualities prove to be a great help in finishing the quest.

When we first meet Molly Grue, she is a very old, crude, and rugged woman. The book describes Molly as being a 'thin thorn of a woman' (Beagle 56), with a 'pale, bony face with fierce tawny eyes and, hair the color of dead grass.' (Beagle 56) She also has 'sharp shoulders' (Beagle 57) and 'horny knuckles.' (Beagle 57) From these descriptions the picture we get is that of an old woman, who is unsophisticated, and has worked herself to the bones.

You would probably think that Molly isn't a nice person. Molly is a nice person, because underneath all that skin is a woman who has compassion. Molly cooks and cares for a band of loud, crude, adventurous men, otherwise known outlaws. Molly is extremely faithful to these men because she could leave at any time but she didn't. She stuck with them and served their every need. She feels so loyal to them that even though she complains she will still do the job. Molly has been with these men for such a long time that she has picked up some of their bad habits, and she acts like a man. Still she changed to fit in, and is still faithful to the men. When Schmendrick told the band of men how...