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Sister Carrie, set in the early twentieth century with newly urbanized American cities, is told by a third person omniscient narrator. This means that the narrator is not a character in the story but is a voice coming from outside the story and looking in and guiding the reader's attention to people, places, events and circumstances. A third person omniscient narrator can know and tell the reader about the thoughts, motives, emotions, perceptions, actions, and statements of any character at any time throughout the story and so may often change the point of view from which the narration is given, thus changing what the reader pays attention to in the story. By contrast, a first person narrator is a character in the story and tells about their own thoughts, motives, emotions, perceptions but can only guess at other character's inner thoughts etc.
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