Throughout the novel, he smiles warmly to his companions when they come to visit him. He tries to show them understanding. He makes every effort to show those that he is listening to that he cares about them and that what they are saying matters; however, those who come to visit him will never know what his true feelings are because he is unable to get them out. His lack of communication limits him so much that people can formulate whatever opinions they want about him. Poor people think Singer to be one of them. Jews think Singer to be as they are. The rich consider Singer to be one of them. This is the reason that so many people feel comfortable enough to be in his presence and sound off to him about what is on their minds. They do not feel strange or alienated (Gioia). While he is in the presence of others, he is all alone at the same time. Being that he is unable to communicate; his life is filled with emptiness and sadness, even though a number of people from different walks of life feel they can embrace him due to believing that he is one of them. Singer wants nothing more but to be able to be freed of being trapped inside of himself.Then there is Mick, a teenager in poverty. She loves to hear music, and she is determined to perform someday. She spends time sneaking around rich people’s houses, trying to listen to the musical instruments that are being played to the best of her ability, but she is unable to hear them clearly. Her immense passion for music is made evident in the following line, “She could not listen good enough to hear it all. The music boiled inside her.” (McCullers 118). Mick is not economically able to purchase the violin that she wants, and her contemporary society in which she lives will not allow her to have one. Being that this is her situation, she is determined to love music, nonetheless, causing her voice to possess the tone of determination. "But all the time—no matter what she was doing—there was music…she hummed to herself…. she listened quietly to the songs inside her. There were all kinds of music in her thoughts.” (McCullers 89). Her inability to obtain the violin that she wants causes her to be unable to reconcile herself to the world in which she lives because she cannot obtain the peace that she needs. Her world is filled with violence and various other troubles, such as a psychological disorder, and music is how she
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