Carson McCullers' The Member Of The Wedding: Summary



The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers is the story of an
adolescent girl who triumphs over loneliness and gains maturity through an
identity that she creates for herself in her mind. It is with this guise that
twelve year old Frankie Addams begins to feel confident about herself and life.
The author seems to indicate that one can feel good about oneself through
positive thinking regardless of reality. The novel teaches that one's destiny
is a self-fulfilled prophecy, seeing one's self in a certain light oftentimes
creates an environment where one might become that which one would like to be.
The world begins to look new and beautiful to Frankie when her older
brother Jarvis ...

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and the wedding couple will all have names beginning with
the letters J and a. Her positive thinking induces a euphoria which
contributes to a rejection of the old feeling that "the old Frankie had no we
to claim.... Now all this was suddenly over with and changed. There was her
brother and the bride, and it was as though when first she saw them something
she had known inside of her: They are the we of me." Being a member of the
wedding will, she feels, connect her irrevocably to her brother and his wife.
Typical of many teenagers, she felt that in order to be someone she has to be a
part of an intact, existing group, that is, Jarvis and Janice. The teen years
are known as a time of soul-searching for a new and grown up identity. In an
effort to find this identity teens seek to join a group. Frankie, too, is
deperate for Jarvis and Janice's adult acceptance.
Frankie is forced to spend the summer with John Henry, her six year old
cousin, and Berenice Brown, her black cook. ...

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