The Two Fishermen

5. Why does the writer give a clear description of the Hangman? Why does he make Smitty a shy, meek, almost helpless person instead of a bold, strong, six foot hulk of a man?

The Hangman is simply a mask for Smitty to hide behind. Michael is able to see that Smitty is not who he is known to be, and so he manipulates that to his advantage.

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