Analysis Of The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

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Fiction #6 (82/307) Carson McCuller’s first novel underlines the life of a challenged main character influenced by his environment’s standards. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter right away catches a reader’s attention through heartfelt responsiveness and pathos. This novel draws attention to a man’s fictional yet relatable society with tragic culture differences, an unreachable standard of communication, and an unsaid caste system. John Singer, a complex deaf and mute man, lives in a society where twelve year olds can purchase tobacco, drunken men can live at restaurants for two weeks at a time, and black people stay head-strong to avoid the penetrating words of white men. In this small town in the south, slavery is nonexistent, but we can infer from a few short chapters that the represented colored society is still looked down upon As a colored doctor in this society, Mr. Copeland is dragged into a bar to be made a joke of, and as he said, “Even then he had kept the dignity in him” (McCullers73). John’s town is full of people who have created shells of protection for themselves. The characters in this novel are careful to keep to what they know, not lingering into unknown territory. The unknown might include allowing colored people into a white bar, or talking to a family member after a while of loud silence. Mr. Singer, in the midst of chaos, cannot physically hear the words of the outspoken people of his town. One thing he can indeed do is hear the unspoken cry of those
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