By Harold Bloom
With delicacy of belief and reminiscence, humour and pathos, Carson McCullers spreads sooner than us the 3 levels of a weekend concern within the lifetime of a motherless twelve-year-old lady. 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 deadly 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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F. 42 Jasmine returns home at two o’ clock in the afternoon, and Berenice asks the protagonist where she has been for most of the day. John Henry is also in the kitchen, and he tells F. Jasmine about Uncle Charles’s death. The three briefly discuss Uncle Charles’s passing. F. Jasmine then asks why John Henry and Berenice “have to go tagging to the wedding” (The Member of the Wedding 63). Berenice responds, addressing F. Jasmine as “Frankie Addams,” which prompts F. ” This exchange further emphasizes the shift in the protagonist’s self-conceptualization and re-enforces the sense that the F.
This second mention of the soldier is more detailed but the meaning of this observation is still not overtly apparent. After this revelation, the narrator further comments on the transformation that has taken place in the protagonist from Part One to Part Two; more specifically, the narrator (referring to the nonverbal interaction between F. Jasmine and the soldier) asserts: That morning, for the first time, F. Jasmine was not jealous. He [the soldier] might have come from New York or California—but she did not envy him.
Jasmine, realizing that they are drinking alcohol, becomes disturbed by the thought that “it was a sin and against the law for people under eighteen to drink real liquor” and she pushes her glass away. She tries to, as in the previous meeting in the Blue Moon, make small talk with the solider, who seems 55 disinterested. The protagonist then moves to the topic of the war, and the soldier refuses to talk about his experiences, preferring instead to continue making innuendos. As the narrator observes: To his joking remarks she could never find replies that fitted, although she tried.
Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding (Bloom's Guides) by Harold Bloom