Why does carson mccullers use the term malady to describe american loneliness? a. to illustrate that americans are nonconformists and, therefore, suffer from loneliness b. to highlight that those americans who are lonely are ignorant of positive american features c. to compare loneliness to an undesirable illness or disease that is difficult to cure d. to suggest americans feel loneliness as a positive emotion that aids development e. to show that europeans, unlike americans, have cured rampant loneliness
C. to compare loneliness to an undesirable illness or disease that is difficult to cure
McCuller describes Americans as people who are obsessed about loneliness. They do not want to be isolated from the rest. They always want to be with someone. Therefore, the writer uses the word malady since this refers to an illness that is hard to cure. This means, then, that the Americans will do whatever to escape loneliness since if one happens to be alone, that person will not be loved and will get isolated from society. This is exactly what any American will avoid.
to compare loneliness to an undesirable illness or disease that is difficult to cure.
Carson McCullers uses the term "malady" to refer to loneliness in America in order to draw a parallel between this social condition and an undesirable illness. Loneliness has become a serious problem in the country, and it will continue to do so as the population ages (older people tend to suffer more from loneliness, but they are not the only ones). Just like a disease, loneliness can be very difficult to diagnose and to cure. Moreover, it can negatively impact the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
She sees loneliness as a unique disease. Malady means disease. The other question you might ask is does she see it as curable at some point? The answer to that is very difficult and yet very simple.
Most authors when they write about social qualities around them, see the world (or the part they live in) gripped in and strangled by the problem they are writing about.
McCullers wrote the Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1940 just before America's entry into WWII. America had just come out of a depression, the worst on record since America became a nation. There is good reason to believe that loneliness and isolation of people was a serious problem.
That feeling, up until Pearl Harbor, was reflected in America's Foreign Policy. Most people did not want to become involved. The term used was isolation.
There are open studies on the internet that show that marriages were in a decline for WWI to WWII and then spiked in the 1950 to the highest level in American history since these stats were tracked. I am recording this to show that McCullers thought that the hardships of life sometimes mold our attitudes towards others.
The correct answer is option 3: to compare loneliness to an undesirable illness or disease that is difficult to cure.
Carson McCullers uses the term "malady" to describe loneliness as a disease that is difficult to cure because by using this term he tries to show how many American people suffer from being alone. They can't stand feeling lonely or having to be on their own. Isolation is the main curse for the American people. They always need someone around to make them feel good about themselves or reassure who they think they are.