Loneliness in Carson Mcculler’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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R. Parthiban
T. Thiruppathi

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As the novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, it is a darker, more terrifying drama of isolation and despair.The novel through its characterization of Mick and Portia, can be seen as a critique towards certain intersecting power structures of the 1930s South, and by that demonstrate the crucial need of inter sectionality theory when examining those power structures in the characterization of the two characters. With my account of previous research on both Carson McCullers’ works in general, and her novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter more specifically, I have found that the novel has been read both as political and also as a text concerned with the social and political issues of its time. The major characters as well as the minor characters are greatly influenced by their past, their families, and people they met. Both primary socialization and secondary socialization spell out the future of their lives. Their isolation, resentment, bitterness, rebelliousness or meekness are caused according to Durkheim by many factors such as the material and non material social facts such as society, environment, church, state, morality, collective conscience, collective representation and social currents.

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