The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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    and wistful people looking back on their teen years, the good years, approaches stereotype. Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, on the surface, appears to employ the same stereotype of a wistful old man experiencing a bout of retrospection for his lost friend and the times he once had. The narrator of Carson McCullers’s “Ballad of the Sad Café” in The Ballad of the Sad Café works with the same forlorn recollection of when the town was more alive. Both narrators use two distinct voices to recount their unique stories, weaving their second, lamenting voice between the first narrating voice with grace and shocking fluidity. Although both lamenting voices slow the narration, they provide deeper insight into the narrator’s…

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    Nonetheless, The Ballad of the Sad Café is generally regarded as one of her best works of fiction. The 1950s, 1960, and 1970s saw renewed interest in McCullers’ body of work. During these decades numerous studies appeared on the novella that focused on issues such as the role of the narrator, the nature of love, the relationship between the text and the traditional ballad form, its mythical qualities, its connection to the Southern Gothic tradition, and its representation of sexuality and…

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    Cousin Lymon

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    Intro Carson McCullers novella, the Ballad of the Sad Cafe was first published in August, 1943 in Harper's Bazaar, also with six other short stories of a collection with the same name. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is a southern story about a mannish figured of a women who became an object of a sinister scheme. The three peculiar characters; Miss Amelia, Cousin Lymon, and Marvin Macy lives are intertwined and fueled with love and revenge. Miss Amelia is the owner of a small café in the center of…

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    For McCullers’ grotesque is the most suitable medium because through this, she draws an alienated and tragic world of characters who demonstrate physical as well as psychological grotesqueness. Carson McCullers continues her art of grotesque in her other novels too. The Ballad of the Sad Café is one of the most important grotesque characters McCullers created and it is generally agreed that Amelia’s grotesque tragic tale is an indirect presentation of the novelist’s own personal life. In this…

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    inherent trait performed only by men. Nonetheless, Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Café and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room both critique the false idea of masculinity as a stagnant inherent male trait by presenting characters that defy these assumptions. Written in the 1950s, the two novels demonstrate the influence of the post-World War II, where the separation of men and women in the United States allowed the freedom of sexual exploration. With the absence of women,…

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    The fiction of McCullers focuses on the portrayal of physically distorted bodies. In particular thecharacters from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Ballad of the Sad Café represent a variety of physical anomalies. McCullers’ grotesque characters depict the loneliness of man and his incapacity to love each other. She portrays a dark and somber world devoid of sympathy, care, love and closeness in these novels that have no even a single normal character. This paper will also stretch the scope…

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    Cousin Lymon Analysis

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    Cousin Lymon has proven himself to be a sociable person who enjoys entertaining the town's people with his tales. He is an attention seeker who lives the life to the fullest and enjoys being the center of activity at the cafe. He was the one who persuade Miss Amelia into transforming her store into a cafe just for his own pleasure of entertaining people. Miss Amelia allows the transformation to occur out of love for Lymon. Soon, the store transform into the cafe and it becomes a great sort of…

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    Carson McCullers was a famous American author with interesting works such as The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. This paper will cover her early life, works as an author, and the toll of her adulthood leading all the way to her death. As an author, Carson had to overcome many challenges in her daily life, however, she was not recognized as an extraordinary author until after her death. What made her become recognizable, is the fact that she…

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