The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Margaret B. McDowell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
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Critical Essay by Margaret B. McDowell

SOURCE: McDowell, Margaret B. “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940).” In Carson McCullers, pp. 31-43. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980.

In the following essay, McDowell delineates the defining characteristics of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

I. Isolation as Man's Fate

The principal theme of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Carson McCullers declared, lay in the first dozen pages: an individual's compulsion to revolt against enforced isolation and his or her urge to express the self at all costs. She thought of the work in 1938, even in one of its earliest forms in The Mute, as consisting of variations on this principal concept. Thinking of her projected novel as analogous to a work of music, she enumerated in her proposal to Houghton Mifflin, five “counter-themes” that would...

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