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What effect does the point of view have on the story?

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amotown | eNoter

Posted May 16, 2010 at 1:03 PM via web

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What effect does the point of view have on the story?

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 11:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator of Virginia Woolf's short story, "A Haunted House", is most probably a married woman who is living in a house formerly occupied by the ghost couple when they were living.  Virginia Woolf is most notably known by her stream of consciousness narration.  This means that the thoughts and emotions of the narrator flow from one to the next.  The effect it has on this story is two-fold: one, the reader experiences the thoughts and feelings of the ghosts through the narrator; two, the reader also gets the thoughts and feelings of the actual narrator.  I believe Woolf approached the point of view of this story in this way because it conveys the lack of fear the narrator feels toward the ghosts, and the connection she has with them. Sometimes the thoughts of the narrator are intertwined with those of the ghosts. Also, while one expects the story to be "scary" because of the title, the ending of the story, when the narrator realizes the ghosts have found the love they lost through death in the relationship she shares with her husband.  It's actually a very touching and heartwarming story. 

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