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From whose point of view is the story told?

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amater-poet | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2007 at 4:36 AM via web

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From whose point of view is the story told?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 20, 2007 at 4:45 AM (Answer #1)

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It is told from the lawyer's point of view. This makes him an unreliable narrator, as he readily admits he is a "man of assumption". This means he allows his prejudices to prevent him from revealing the accurate details.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 19, 2010 at 9:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Everything in the story is seen from the point of view of Jonas, the protagonist.  So I think that you would say that the story is told from his point of view.

However, you should not say that the story is told from a first person point of view.  You do not have Jonas narrating the story saying "I did this" and "I thought that."  Instead, this story is told from a third person limited point of view.  The narrator always talks about "Jonas" and not about "I."  That is third person.  It is limited because the narrator only knows Jonas's thoughts and not those of anyone else in the story.

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