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Who's telling the story, anyways?
Published on Nov 18, 2015
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WHO'S TELLING THE STORY, ANYWAY?
BY TYLER BAVERY, 3 HOUR
THE HOUSE BEHIND THE CEDARS
BY CHARLES W. CHESNUTT
Who's telling the story, anyways
There isn't an actual character that is narrating the book.
Rena left the room to carry out her hospitable commission. Page 25
Tryon found the office without difficulty. Page 104
The narrator is more of an outside observer in the book
He would have given his life for Rena. Page 188
Rena saw Plato untying the pony as the lady climbed into the phaeton. Page 243
The view that the narrator has in the story is third person
Even a dumb brute can be won by kindness. Page 177
He took down a volume bound in legal calf and glanced through it. Page 171
Throughout the book, the narrator changes thoughts
Rena did not know
Tryon took the wreath and bowed his thanks.
The narrator uses third person pronouns
She, He, They, Him, Her ext.
This was her first direct order for the specific garment. Page 59
She was never sick in her life. Page 89
SENTENCE EXAMPLE P.77
He looked up amiably from the book before him and read trouble in her face.
I think that the narrator made the book harder to understand
Didn't feel that I could relate to the story
SENTENCE EXAMPLE p.125
"Now's de time, boy, fer you ter be lookin' roun' fer some nice gal er yo' own color
On page 97 the narrator was sharing Warwick's thoughts.
The on page 98, the narrator switches to Tryon's thoughts.
The narrator also has an omniscients view.
The narrator knows what everyone is thinking but it still is in third person
Chesnutt, Charles W. "The House behind the Cedars." Athens: University of Georgia, 2000. Print.
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