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Compare and contrast the narrators of "Our Society at Cranford" and "A Scandal in...

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tahtonegirltabi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2010 at 12:09 AM via web

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Compare and contrast the narrators of "Our Society at Cranford" and "A Scandal in Bohemia."

I'm homeschooled and I would love some help with this. No one seems to be able to help. I have tried everything. I am dislexic so reading is hard for me anyways. PLEASE HELP :)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2010 at 1:51 AM (Answer #1)

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One thing that is similar about the narrators in both of these stories is that they are first person narrators.  They say "I" and they tell the story from their own point of view rather than just sort of saying what happened.  Both narrators are actual characters in the stories, though not the main characters.

Both narrators seem to be able to some extent to see what is going on in other people's minds.  At the beginning of the story, Watson is telling us what Holmes thinks.  The narrator in the other story can do this at times, saying, for example

If a married couple come to settle in the town, somehow the gentleman disappears; he is either fairly frightened to death by being the only man in the Cranford evening parties...

She shouldn't be able to know why the men leave, but she does.

As far as differences, the main one I see is that the narrator in "Cranford" talks all the time.  There is very little dialogue.  By contrast, most of "Scandal" is dialogue once the actual action gets going.

I hope that helps a bit...

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niseydoe123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM (Answer #2)

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All you had to do was read the story and read your study guide all the answers was in the story and study guide. Im homeschooled to with American School, and the teachers helped me. I really hope you did not copy this persons answer because that is plagerism. Im not trying to be mean or anything. Good luck.

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