Since the beginning of the written language, the reader's perception of a literary work has been based on their interpretation of how the story was portrayed. Differing points of view within the story generate diverse interpretations among readers. From Shakespeare to Faulkner, the aspect of differing viewpoints allows each story to convey contrasting feelings to the reader. In Eudora Welty’s Why I Live at the P.O., she uses a first-person view to reinforce this idea. The attitude of the narrator, sister, is biased in many respects to further her agenda.
A story can be told in many ways: the sequence of events might be reordered, the narrating time of the events might be different to the narrated time, the person telling the story can be different, we may have more or less information about the characters and their feelings, etc. Nevertheless, in this essay we will focus exclusively on the question ‘Who tells the story?’, or in other words, the point of view in which the story is told. Furthermore, we will display some of the features that this kind of narrator has when telling the story. In order to do so, we will provide examples from The Awakening to prove each characteristic that has being defined. In addition, we will discuss the effects that these characteristics may have on the theme of the ‘awakening’ and how they allow the reader to have a broader vision of the character’s change of ideas and thoughts.
The authors use those characters to narrate to show the point of view of the character who have to solve the problem. Also, the narrators point of view show the obstacles faced to solve the problem. When the author shows you only one point of view, its much easier to get the authors point across. For instance, we never hear the side of the two men in black working for the Dominican Government. Also, we never hear the governments side about the giving the people handicaps.
The narrator begins to smoke, write essays for him, and joins the basketball team, things he would not likely have done without the intention to become friends with Talbot. Towards the end of the story, the narrator demonstrates a dark image that was not present in the beginning.
When reading a fiction, not only the plot, but also the narrator and the point of view are important to readers in order to understand the story. Stories can be told in a various angle of vision or in one perspective, depending on which person point of view. “A story is said to be from a character’s point of view, or a character is said to be a focal or focalizing character” (Norton, 174). Readers sometimes feel they are overhearing the narrator’s thoughts because they follow along the narrator’s thoughts, actions, and feelings. Both Sonny’s Blues and the Yellow paper use first person narration.
The Ways We Lie This essay leads with an anecdote of an unusual and unfortunate situation. The author illustrates the lies she says during the phone call with the bank to lying to her client that she is “ok”. By introducing the essay immediately within the protagonist’s unusual and unfortunate situation, the readers gain this desire to continue to read as they begin to pity her situation. The anecdote in the introduction illustrates the multiple lies the woman has said throughout her unfortunate day. Once this is established to the audience, she transitions to a broad statement, generalising her situation with the anyone else as she says “we all lie”.
By doing so, the audience experiences everything through the eyes of the narrator. The narrator, also being the story’s protagonist, attempts the attract the sympathy of the reader through his perspective of the exposition. For example, in the beginning of the short story, the narrator explains the blind man’s connection to his wife. It is during this phase of narrative that we get glimpses of a jealous undertone that will follow the narrator for the majority of the piece. This is first demonstrated on page 33 when he describes his wife’s ex-fiance: “Her officer—why should he have a name?
Around this part she manipulates the use of dialogue to show the strong influence her friend has on her emotions and her need for certainty of the date with the man she likes. We stop hearing anecdotes from the friend and comments when she calls her for more advice near the middle of story and she states to her what the reader was most likely thinking, “ Why are you asking me this I never made it past the third date!” This comment allows a sense of humour into the story. The usage of personification also flows throughout the essay evidently evoking more emotion and heightened sense in the reader. For example she states things such as, tulips “nudging”; or sheets “dancing” to call attention to these objects and ho they play a big purpose within the story. Towards the end Miller’s character anxiety begins to kick in on full effect and so does the reader it is as if we are feeling everything she is feeling.
She wanted to believe that her hardships were only temporary, so she looked to story book characters as her friends and a refuge from reality. She is very good at vivid description and dialogue as well as her prose- using ordinary language without meter and making it sound beautiful. It creates a mental image in the mind of the reader. She also describes things abnormally, which makes the reader think of whatever is being discussed in a different light. It is very colorful