Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Caf

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Discusses subject matter & narrative techniques. Outline.

Carson McCullers’ story The Ballad of the Sad Caf? is written in a non-sensationalistic style, and its narrative voice is omniscient, objective, and descriptive. The subject matter has sensationalistic elements, including questions of sex and violence, but these are muted through most of the story. What the author does is create a strong sense of doom as well as suspense through a number of narrative techniques that on the one hand withhold information for a time to keep the reader interested while at the same time hinting at what is to come so the reader tries always to see the forces at work, to figure out how they will converge, and to recognize revelations as they are made.
The first element that contributes to this sense of suspense is the fact that the story is structured as something…


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