The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Character Analysis

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In The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, the emotional environment in the families and close friends huge role in her novel. McCullers herself struggled with the emotional environment of her family life. At a young age she changed her name from Lula to Carson. When one changes their name, it signifies a since of insecurity and shows they what to reinvent themselves. Once she had gotten married, both her and her husband cheated, and were very unhappy. She was unfaithful which shows her lack of respect towards marriage and love. Later in life, she tried to commit suicide, but she was unsuccessful. She clearly does not appreciate life and what it has to offer. McCullers has a negative view on family, which shows in her writing because …show more content…
Her family life has emotional tension because she comes from a poor family. This gives Mick a hard family environment because her life is very stressful. In the book, she claims to be in love with her brother. Although, as readers we infer she is having trouble emotionally and needs someone to rely on rather than actually being in love. McCullers says, "Lemme go. Sure I love you. Ain 't you my sister?""I know. But suppose I wasn 't your sister. Would you love me then?" George backed away” (313). This situation provides an emotional environment because she is not truly in love with her brother, but merely in love with the idea of being in love. Mick also fells that she is never enough for her family. She works to provide extra for her family, but still feels that she is a disappointment in life. McCullers says, “The love she felt was so hard that she had to squeeze him to her until her arms were tired. In her mind she thought about Bubber and music together. It was like she could never do anything good enough for them” (179). She has emotional damage because she doesn’t live in an uplifting environment, so no one tells her she is important. She never gets encouraged or told that she is enough, so she assumes that she is not significant in her family. Micks father also feels like he is not enough because he has not made enough money for his family. McCullers says, “That was one thing her Dad could never get …show more content…
They were like brothers, and when they lived together it brought Singer joy no matter how much he had to do for Antonopoulos. When Antonopoulos is taken away, Singer starts to feel lonely which gives him an emotional environment because he has never been alone before. Singer visits Antonopoulos because he starts to miss him and he still does everything for him. Singer dresses him up like a king to make him feel comfortable. McCullers says, “He wore a scarlet dressing- gown and green silk pajamas and a turquoise ring. His skin was pale yellow color, his eyes very dreamy and dark. His black hair was touched at the temples with silver” (219). Singer dressed him up because he wanted Antonopoulos to be happy even though they were not together anymore. Later in the book, Antonopoulos died, which caused Singer to feel the most pain and grief he has ever felt. Singer could not live without Antonopoulos because he had so many emotional problems he killed himself. McCullers says, “After resting he drank a glass of iced coffee and smoked a cigarette. Then when he had washed the ashtray and the glass he brought out a pistol from his pocket and put a bullet in his chest” (326). In the end, Singer was unable to deal with the pain and emotional state he was in without his family. Without Antonopoulos, Singer felt alone and contemplated the meaning of life. The ultimate decision for him

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