Mcculler's Freaks

Decent Essays
Freaks in McCullers’s novels are not only the performance of their pathetic inner mind but also a representation of the troubled southern society. McCullers tries to address the problem when southerners further enthuse over materialism. In The Ballad of the Sad Café, what strikes the reader in the first place must be the freakish looking of Miss Amelia. You cannot say she is pretty or not pretty and I do not think she might care how others discuss about her appearance as a lady but, “she might have been a handsome woman if, even then, she was not slightly cross-eyed”. McCullers said “[Miss Amelia] was a dark, tall woman with bones and muscles like a man” (McCullers, 3). Her gender identity is vague and problematic. On the other hand, Miss Amelia
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