Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is perhaps one of her most famous representative literary work. One can find various references and, on reading further about the author, make numerous connections to her past experiences and those of her family. In this sense, the need to channel in an artistic way all the tribulations and suffering they were exposed to seems imperative.
This piece of writing looks to uncover the situation of the weak, marginal members of society and how they often become isolated from it, while at the same time offering a comparison and contrast to someone differently placed on the social scale and how they all are equally affected by misfortune and failures.
It is rather hard to avoid inferring that McCuller, to a certain extent, intends to provide a somewhat moral support to the aforementioned members of society represented in the book, by means of inspiring just as John Singer does with the characters in the novel not only them, but also those readers who can at least slightly relate to the main characters in the book. At the same time, the book raises awareness among the general public regarding the difficulties and hardships the less favored members of society, as well as people placed in better (or merely average) social positions, must go through and it even reveals a rather somber tendency of human beings to isolate themselves.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a book that can, at times, cause a certain feeling of frustration to arise in the reader but, ultimately, it also raises several existential questions. It is a trip of sorts, down to the innermost, darkest places of the human soul that manages to shed some light on how people from all walks of life cope with the obstacles present in the path towards happiness and how, more often than not, reality acts as a dream-crusher.