By Harold Bloom
With delicacy of notion and reminiscence, humour and pathos, Carson McCullers spreads earlier than us the 3 stages of a weekend hindrance within the lifetime of a motherless twelve-year-old woman. in the span of some hours, the impossible to resist, hoydenish Frankie passionately performs out her fantasies at her elder brother's marriage ceremony. via a dangerous skylight we glance into the brain of a kid torn among her craving to belong and the urge to run away.
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Extra resources for Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding (Bloom's Guides)
Jasmine knew best, although she had never laid eyes on him, and was not even born when he had 48 died” (The Member of the Wedding 76). This familiarity with Ludie is in large part due to Berenice’s continued mention of him in conversation, and the topic of Berenice’s first husband will re-emerge at the conclusion of the chapter. F. , Berenice’s current beau, and why Berenice will not marry him. Berenice tells F. T. is someone she “respect[s] and regard[s] highly,” he doesn’t “make me shiver” (The Member of the Wedding 77).
A soldier from that town called William Boyd had been killed that year in Italy.... Mrs. Selway, two blocks away, had died.... She knew Lon Baker, and he was dead also. Lon Baker was a colored boy and he was murdered in the alley behind her father’s store.... She knew, but only in a chancing kind of way, Mr. Pitkin at Brawer’s Shoe Shop, Miss Birdie Grimes, and a man who climbed poles for the telephone company: all dead. (The Member of the Wedding 75–76) The above passage is significant in that it makes explicit mention of F.
More specifically, F. Jasmine is thirteen years old when she befriends Mary Littlejohn; thus, thirteen is a lucky age for F. Jasmine— unlike twelve, which was marked by a lack of membership and a sense of being “unjoined,” thirteen represents an age when the protagonist was once again “joined” to another. Prior to the conclusion of the reading, Big Mama shouts at Honey, who is in the next room, and demands that he take his feet off the kitchen table. It is this moment of “clairvoyance” that solidifies F.