"Nothing seemed real except the ten years with Antonopoulos. In his half dreams he saw hi friend very vividly, and when he awakened a great aching loneliness would be in him (McCullers 11).
The top ten elements that puts Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels is the deep and unique relationship between the two deaf-mutes. Although the two mutes are different and total opposites of each other they share a very close relationship. This quote shows how much Singer cares for Antonopoulos, and when he is taken to the insane asylum, Singer is overcome with unbearably loneliness. Singers friendship with Antonopoulos is the most important thing to him, even though Antonopoulos seemed like he never appreciated anything Singer did. . He is so distraught and torn apart from Antonopoulos absences that he can not remember anything else but the ten year the two spent together.
"" You're the only one in this town who catch's what I mean" Blount said, "For two days now I have been talking to you in my mind I know you understand the things I want to mean." (McCullers 23)."
The top ten elements that puts Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels is her ability to convey characters that seem to understand each other, even though one does not speak. All the characters seem to be drawn to Mr. Singer; something about him soothes their in beginning and brings them to peace. All the characters including Blount feel like Singer fully understands him. Although Singer never utters a word Blount is compelled to him and feels that they are the only ones in town that fully understand each other.
"Inside the hat box is a cracked ukulele strung with two violin strings a guitar string and banjo string. The crack on the back of the ukulele had bee neatly mended with sticking plaster and the round whole in the middle was covered by piece of wood. The bridge of a violin held up the strings at the end and some holes had been craved on either side. Mick was making her self a violin"...."that's one thing you don't sit down and make- you got to buy them (McCullers 45)."
The top ten elements that put Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels are her use of symbolism. The violin that Mick works so hard to make is symbolic of her disillusion towards her true musical accomplishments. Mick desperately wants to take piano lessons and wants a radio. Mick sees that her dreams are unachievable because her family can not afford either of these things. Mick is very frustrated with her self when she can not make a real violin, her inability to the violin therefore diminishing her desire to become a famous musician
"He remembered the white mans face when he smiled behind the yellow match flame on that rainy night- and peace was with him (Mccullers90)."
The top ten elements that put Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels because she is able tackle the degree of racism in the south so creatively. This quote is from Dr. Copeland, remembers the night when Singer offered him a light to light his cigarette. Dr. Copeland was profoundly affected by Singer kind gesture; because it was the first time a white man had ever been courteous to him. From that night Dr. Copeland had grown to admire Singer and knew he was different type of men.
"...maybe the last part of the symphony was the music she loved the best. Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be... The whole world was this symphony and there was not enough of her to listen. The music left only this bad hurt in her, and blankness. She could not remember any of the symphony, not even the last few notes (McCullers 119)."
The top ten elements that put Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels is her use of her own life experiences. McCullers played the piano in her younger days, and was accepted in Julie Arts, but could not attend because she could not afford it. After listening to a Beethoven symphony, Mick is so immensely affected and stimulated by the music that she feels a deep pain inside her. She is so overwhelmingly affected by the music she pounds on her hands and leg to relive the deep hurt from within her, to bring the pain back on the outside. Mick feels powerless to her unattainable passions. She can not write down the beautiful music she hears and her family can not afford a piano. She feels like she is so close but yet so far, if only she could grasp all the music that she hears, she would relive the deep from inside.
"He had more sense and he knew things that ordinary people could not know. He just looked at Bubber and then kid quieted down... (McCullers 179)."
The top ten elements that put Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter into top 100 novels is again her use of symbolisms. Singer is compared to "God" in the novel. He is indicated as godly figure because he seems to bring peace and when he comes around the other characters in the novel. No one can get Bubber to stop crying and holler until he looks and Singer and begins to calm down. Singer would heal people with his presences, like God would heal people with his hands.