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Protagonist The novel does not have a single protagonist, but centers around a group of protagonists individually--Mick Kelly, Jake Blount, Doctor Copeland, Biff Brannon, and John Singer.
The social and economic crisis of the 1930s. McCullers makes the poverty and the racism of the 1930s South palpable and determinant.
The death by suicide of John Singer.
The resolution of the fates of the remaining four characters Mick Kelly becomes a worker to support her family, Jake Blount runs to a new town to continue his life as before, Doctor Copeland is moved to the country where he will have to endure the pious fatalism of his relations, and Biff Brannon remains in his cafe occupied with his thoughts and dispensing small gifts of kindness to the people he meets.