The Grass Harp Themes & Symbolism

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The Grass Harp develops Capote's recurring theme of a sensitive and intelligent young boy who grows up without the stability of a traditional family and is thus isolated from the society around him. The youthful protagonist must explore the dimensions of his personality, determine the nature of his relationship with the natural and social worlds, and then come to terms with his own sexuality. As in several other Capote novels, the mature protagonist reflects upon lifechanging experiences that took place during his teen years. Several years after the deaths of Dolly and Verena, a nostalgic Collin Fenwick reminisces about the five years he spent with the Talbo sisters—and especially about the rebellious days of living in the tree-house.

As is generally the case in Capote novels, a major theme is the conflict between personal and community standards of behavior. The most appealing characters in The Grass...

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