The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
How we cite our quotes:
"You can't get me! Nobody can get me!" he kept yelling.
[...] It looked like nothing could stop that screaming. (2.5.50-51)
Bubber has messed up, big time. But if you were hoping he would take responsibility and apologize, well, you're doomed to disappointment. Instead, he goes a little crazy, maybe from guilt, or the shock of his own accidental violence. But in any case, the shooting of Baby Wilson has only made Bubber more violent, at least for the time being.
They struck him on the head and shoulders with their clubs. A glorious strength was in him and he heard himself laughing aloud as he fought. He sobbed and laughed at the same time. (2.10.91)
Remind you of anything? This description of Copeland is nearly identical to earlier descriptions of Jake fighting in an alcoholic frenzy. Only instead of alcohol, Copeland is drunk on grief and rage here. He seems completely out of control. His emotions have gone haywire, and his body is out of his control, too. It's being beaten by the cops.
"It's a hard thing to understand. My feets hurt me so bad all the time and I don't know where they is." (2.13.10)
Willie's words give us a glimpse into the aftermath of violence. His harrowing experience has left him both physically and emotionally scarred, which asks us to consider how other violent acts in the novel may have scarred other characters, too.