Why Carson McCullers was really interested in writing on adolescens as in the case of 'The haunted boy'? What does it really mean in her career?
I am trying to investigate on her idea of loneliness but why her most important character in this short story 'the haunted boy' is an adolescent?
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Hugh has had some experiences that no child should have to have, adolescent or not. He is actually a young adolescent. His mother is in the state mental hospital after a breakdown and ultimate suicide attempt, an attempt that Hugh discovered and had to tend to.
What would be lonelier then than a young boy who had been through something like that? No one his age (or even much older like his friend) could identify. His fear is that of a child, but he is so alone in that his friend thinks Hugh odd for that fear.
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