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puri | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2009 at 2:17 AM via web

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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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murdo | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2010 at 12:03 AM (Answer #1)

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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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