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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers is a novel set in a small Southern townin the late 1930s McCullers writes about characters who are lonely and rejected theirlives intertwine in a search for friendship and understanding Many of the characters havea need to be understood however none of them ever truly are One of the characters in the novel Jake Blount searches for a sympathetic ear Heappears in the New York Cafe drunk and rowdy talking to everyone and no one He talksso much the words came out of his throat like a cataract 13 He constantly talks toeveryone hoping someone will take the time to really listen and understand His wordscome out as though a dam inside him has broken 20 Ironically the one he thinksunderstands him is a deaf-mute named John Singer He tells Singer Youre the only onein this town who catches what I mean because I know you understand the things Iwant to mean 59 Jake Blount just assumes Singer understands him Singer never giveshim reason to believe otherwise Nevertheless Singer writes about Blount in a letter toAntonapoulos The one with the mustache I think is crazy 183 He also writesAntonapoulos that Blount thinks he and I have a secret together but I do not know whatit is 183 Jake Blount thinks Singer understands him when he actually does not Another character searching for understanding is Dr Benedict Mady CopelandDr Copeland is a black doctor with ideas that on one seems to understand regardless ofhow hard he tries to make them comprehend His daughter Portia says that when she wasa girl he was all the time studying by hisself 41 Dr Copeland is well educated andthis separates him from the rest of his family They do not understand why he has alwaysfelt the need to educate them At a Christmas party Dr Copeland talks to the guestsabout Karl Marx
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