The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Study Guide

Carson McCullers

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Part 1, Chapter 1 The novel is mostly set in the 1930s in an unnamed, fairly large factory town in the Deep South. The opening chapter tak... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 This chapter opens on a summer night. It is midnight and Biff Brannon, owner of the New York Café where Singer eats all ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Chapter 3 opens early on Sunday morning at the Kelly house. Mick goes out to the front porch, hoping Singer will be ther... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 As Mick sits on the steps just below Singer's room, Blount slowly comes to consciousness. He does not know where he is, ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 As Blount falls asleep the setting shifts to the home of Dr. Benedict Mady Copeland, the African American physician. He ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 This chapter opens in midsummer. Singer's room has become a popular place for people to visit. He welcomes his guests to... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 This chapter focuses on Mick. It is summertime, and she is busy with her thoughts and plans as she ferries her little br... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 The novel moves forward to October, and this chapter is centered on Biff Brannon. As it opens he is feeling "troubled an... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 In this chapter Dr. Copeland is the focus. He has been coming to see Mr. Singer, whom he views as "a wise man," more and... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 In Singer's room, Blount does not remember his previous encounter with Dr. Copeland as he demands to know who it was he ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 In this chapter the focus returns again to Mick. It is nearly Christmas and it has been raining for days. Finally the ra... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 Chapter 6 returns the focus to Dr. Copeland, who is preparing for his annual Christmas party despite being ill enough th... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 7 Chapter 7 is set in the heart of a very cold winter, and perhaps the change in weather contributes to the changes in Sin... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 This chapter opens with a question from Biff Brannon: "Why?" Biff asks this question about many things, but is especiall... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 Mick did not show up at the café in Chapter 8, but Chapter 9 has her front and center. She detests the increased poverty... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 Many weeks have passed since Dr. Copeland's Christmas party, and he and Portia have still not heard from Willie. This ta... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 11 A month later Mick is having trouble sleeping on the couch. Etta is sick, so Mick has been ousted from her bedroom. Etta... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 This chapter focuses on Blount, who has been going downhill physically and mentally. He suffers from headaches in the ho... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 In a departure, this chapter keeps the focus on the same main character as the last: Jake Blount. However, since it take... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 This chapter focuses on Mick. Her mind has been so full of worry and a "terrible afraidness" since that last day with Ha... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 The final chapter of Part 2 centers on Singer. It is time for his vacation, which means he is happily preparing for a tr... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 Each of the four chapters of this part is dated. They all take place on the same day, August 21, 1939, but progress thro... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 Set in the afternoon of August 21, this chapter follows Blount on his final downward spiral. He is running from a crime ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 Set in the evening of August 21, this chapter checks in with Mick as she gets off after working late. She goes to the Ne... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 Set just before midnight on August 21, the story's final chapter focuses on the last of the major characters, Biff Brann... Read More
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