The Member Of The Wedding By Carson Mccullers

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Although a character of few pages and few words, I find Honey Brown to be the most compelling and intriguing figure of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. Honey Brown, the foster brother of Berenice, drifts into the story only a handful of times, but his presence, even in the shadows of the scenes, creates a growing curiosity for the reader and ignites a profound empathy for his account. His quiet and stunted dialogues and solemn nature create an enigmatic yet noteworthy narrative. His struggle with racial confinements and inability to conform leaves him without a purpose and with a soul perpetually tormented and eventually broken. McCullers personifies the extreme realities of Frankie’s fears of entrapment and exclusion in…show more content…
The size of his part in the novel reflects his role in society, minor and mostly shoved to the corner to be forgotten. Interestingly, while he is concealing his brain from the world and rejecting his own capacity, he hides in Big Mama’s kitchen reading for so long that his nose is about to “grow into [the] book” (127). To the world he portrays himself as slow and dull, but under his façade is a brilliant and vibrant mind, which only a few are fortunate enough to glimpse. However his success in academia was not always so hushed and he was not always so pessimistic about his own prospects. He had been the “first in his studies at the colored high school” and had taught himself French as well as “played the horn” (128). One could easily say he was a prodigy. However, somewhere in his transition from adolescence to adulthood, his ambitions become disillusions and his world becomes smaller to the point where he becomes confined to the barriers of his mind. He has so much going for him, but the era he lives in will never acknowledge his potential for greatness. It is heartbreaking to see such a great mind doubt himself, but the tolls of societal burdens are mercilessly detrimental. Member of the Wedding delves into these constraints caused by societal set identities through different points in people’s lives, but only Honey, at this time, is beaten down by these woes so violently. Unlike
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