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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter


by Carson McCullers

Analysis: Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

This one's pretty simple.

Act I

Readers, meet our four (plus one) main characters: Biff, Mick, Jake, and Copeland. And of course, they're main squeeze, Singer.

Act II

This is pretty much the bulk of the plot. We'd suggest, you know, reading the book.


Here we get a sort of multi-chapter epilogue, with quick glimpses into the future of our gang's lives.

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