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What is the point of view in "New York Day Women" in Krik? Krak!?
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The point of view is first person. The story tells about Suzette, who sees her mother on the street in an unusual neighborhood and watches her.
Point of view is the way in which a story is told. First person point of view involves a character telling the story as his or her self. This point of view is the most personal, but you only see one character’s perspective. You can easily tell this point of view by the use of the word “I” when referring to the narrator. Third person point of view will usually have a narrator use a name, such as “John felt sad” as opposed to the “I felt sad” of first person.
You can tell this story is first person because of the use of the word “I” to refer to Suzette. More specifically, Suzette is a girl watching and wondering about her mother. We only see Suzette’s point of view, not her mother’s. Suzette is seeing a new side of her mother.
Posted by litteacher8 on March 9, 2012 at 3:13 AM (Answer #1)
While the previous answer is correct that “New York Day Women” employs a first-person point of view, it is important to note that Edwidge Danticat, the story’s author, experiments with point of view in this story. Suzette is not only watching and wondering about her mother (as noted in the answer above), she is actively recalling and possibly reformulating things her mother has said. These are indicated in boldface type alternating with Suzette’s own first-person inner monologue. By including these reconstructed words of Suzette’s mother, Danticat manages to give us two different points of view—the mother’s as well as Suzette’s, even though the mother’s point of view is filtered through the constructs of Suzette’s narrative stream. At some points the two streams of dialogue seem to run parallel to each other while at others they seem to almost merge into a kind of imagined conversation. It is through these two points of view—Suzette’s own and the voice of her mother as she hears it in her mind—that Suzette works through her conflicts with her mother. She begins to understand a hidden side of her mother and recognizes not only the sacrifices her mother has made for her but her mother’s identity as a Haitian American successfully navigating two cultures. The closing lines of the story powerfully convey Suzette’s sudden burst of love and appreciation for her mother.
Posted by tresvivace on May 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM (Answer #2)
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