The Ballad of the Sad Café Topics for Discussion

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What role can music play in the short stories of Carson McCullers? Choose two stories featuring music of some kind.

Why does Cousin Lymon ruin the fight, wreck the cafe and run off with Marvin Macy in "Ballad of the Sad Cafe"? How does this comment on McCullers' conception of human nature?

Many of these short stories feature outcasts of one type or another. Choose two stories with outcast characters. How are they outcasts? What prevents them from assimilating into normal society? Is their isolation self-imposed, or the fault of society?

Why does Mr. Brook cease his interrogation of Madame Zilensky regarding her pathological lying in "Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland?"

What accounts for Miss Amelia's uncharacteristic behavior when Marvin Macy arrives in town back from prison in "Ballad of the Sad Cafe?" The townspeople all think she will immediately drive him from town or...

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