The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
Throughout the novel The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers, there is
an evident recurring theme. Ever-present in the story is a feeling of unrequited love,
illustrated through looking at the parallels of the intertwined relationships between three
separate individuals. Miss Amelia Evans, Cousin Lymon Willis, and Marvin Macy, are the
players involved in this grotesque love triangle. The feelings they respectively have for
each other are what drives the story, and are significant enough that the prosperity of
entire town hinges upon them.
First to come of the couplings between these main characters, was the 10 day
marriage of Marvin Macy and Amelia Evans. Previously notorious as a womanizer and
town miscreant, meeting Amelia made Martin wish to be a better man. He cleaned up his
act, and devoted his entire attention to his love for Amelia. Amelia, however, felt no
connection with this man, and sought a relationship only out of economic advantage.
When this finally became clear to Marvin, when he was once and for all removed of the
illusion that his love was returned, it was already too late. Amelia had stripped him of