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Carson McCullers Having lived a difficult life made Carson McCullers a very strong minded person Born into a highly respectable family with moderate means she received an opportunity to play the piano at a very young age McCullers was the oldest of three children that were born to highly regarded jewelers At a tender age of seventeen she was diagnosed by doctors as having pneumonia with complications but later was found to have rheumatic fever Her Grandfather owned two thousand acres that had 75 slaves keeping it active These acres were ruined by a fire while her grandfather was still alive and well Magill Survey 1212 She married once but held other relationships while she went away for school in New York City Baechler 280 She had a divorce a little while after that leading her into a lonely and sad life that she shared with her aging mother Her adventures brought out her feelings and she expressed them through her pieces of writing In her novel The Member of the Wedding McCullers used bizarre and tortured characters who have disparate purposes and significant meanings McCullers makes Frankie Addams the most unfortunate character of the book Frankie is a twelve year old girl trapped within her own mind in a short three days in the book Hile 153 Being the central character she is held responsible for the development of the story as well as the existence of the other characters in the novel Frankie symbolizes the nearly divine nature often assigned to the child at a young age while trying to grow up into a respectable adult From the first page of the book McCullers showed Frankies emotions and difficulties through adult eyes Frankie does battle with many truths she faces with life but is too young to fully understand the realities that obscure those truths Magill Masterpieces 308 Her first encounter with facing reality is when her brother Jarvis announces his
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