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What point of view is used in A Haunted House, a short story by Virginia Woolf ?

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Posted December 16, 2009 at 8:55 AM via web

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What point of view is used in A Haunted House, a short story by Virginia Woolf ?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted December 25, 2009 at 8:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The point of view in Virginia's Woolf's A Haunted House is first person. As always, Virginia Woolf, an instrumental figure in the Bloomsbury Group and an important Modernist writer, employs modernist fragmentation, as a result, the narrative doesn't always lend itself to recognizable point of view formulation. Further, the narrator, the first person participant in and observer of the ghosts' search, quotes the ghosts in an unconventional manner, as in:

"Kisses without number." "Waking in the morning--" "Silver between the trees--"

which also helps to camouflage the point of view. Plus, Woolf uses a form of dialogue that is indirect attribution of speech, as in the last portion of:

...hung upon the walls, pendant from the ceiling--what? My hands were empty.

which further obscures the point of view. However, the first person participant (and observer) point of view is made clear in the sentence, "But it wasn't that you woke us" and is confirmed in one of the final sentences, "Waking, I cry "Oh, is this your buried treasure?"

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