Although Blount is crass and bizarre, he is very intelligent and well read. He is consumed with the ideas of Marxism, and he views capitalism as an unjust system that exploits the poor for the benefit of the wealthy. He sees this injustice everywhere he goes. He hopes that he will find others who "know" about the unfair nature of capitalism so that he can work with them to sort out his thoughts and emotions and take action. Blount thinks that Singer is someone who "knows"—shares his political fervor—though Singer does not indicate this in anything he says or does. The fact that Blount, like all the other characters, places all of his faith in Singer is further evidence of the religious role that Singer plays in the novel. Indeed, Blount himself claims that the message he must deliver to others is a sort of "Gospel."

The fact that Blount does not notice of his own accord that Singer is mute highlights Blount's narcissism: he is concerned almost solely with his own thoughts and ideas. He decides in his own head that Singer also understands these thoughts, even though this is not a rationally justifiable decision. However, Blount really only does—more blatantly, of course—that which all the other characters do: he creates a conception of Singer in his own mind that has very little basis in reality, and he attributes his own ideas and emotions to Singer as well. None of the characters ever really get to know John Singer, but they all love him anyway, just as Singer loves Antonapoulos for no discernible reason. Each character is so desperate for a soul mate that they fashion their own idea of who John Singer is. If Singer were able to speak, the others would not be able to delude themselves into thinking he understands their deepest secrets and passions.

It is also worth noting that even though Blount comes into contact with Mick Kelly, he cannot share any of his feelings with her. Though several major characters share Singer as a mutual confidant, none of the characters themselves are able to relate to one another in the least. For each of them, Singer becomes his or her sole confidante. Even though the characters often interact with each other, they never speak of that which most occupies their thoughts.

The carnival where Jake works indicates the extreme poverty of many of the town's residents. The fair is located in a bad area near the river, strewn with sewage and garbage. Even the merry-go-round is old and falling apart. Blount does not mind fixing up the broken merry-go-round so that it can be used. However, it seems that Blount, like Mick Kelly, is constantly surrounded and suffocated by crowds of people. McCullers uses the image of an individual in a crowd to demonstrate how difficult it is to get anywhere—literally or figuratively—as an individual when one is bound by poverty.