The Role Of The Narrator In The Lottery And A&P

758 words - 4 pages

A story cannot be told without a narrator. In order for a story to be interesting and

presentable it is important to have a narrator for a story. A narrator basically tells the story. He

or she can either be part of a story or could also be outside the story as an observer. It is

important for a story to have a narrator because through the narrator the reader gets to feel the

and understand the thoughts and feelings of all the characters involved in the story. Readers can

picture the setting of the story thorough the narrator's eyes, and get into the minds of the

characters through the narrator's mind. When telling a story, choosing a narrator is very crucial ...view middle of the document...

Meaning, the reader only

gets to see what the narrator wants the reader to see. For example, towards the beginning of the

story Sammy describes the three girls who enters the drug store. Sammy describes the type of

clothing each girl is wearing, and also gives the reader his own interpretation about the kind of

cloths they are wearing. Since Sammy only gives his own interpretations about the cloths that the

girls are wearing, the reader is limited to the interpretation given by Sammy about the girls.

Whereas in The Lottery the reader is not limited to the narrators internpretations. The reader can

express their own feelings or interpret the events and thoughts on their own since the narrator is

not judging the characters on his own.

In addition, if the narrator was changed from being a third person observer to one of the

characters within the story than the reader would miss some of events taking place in the story.

The reader would also be limited to the amount of background discription and the amount of

discription given about all the characters. For example, if the narrator of The Lottery was

changed to one of the...

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