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?
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.