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who is the narrator?

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galeon7 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM via web

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who is the narrator?

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jenny4shizzle | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Meursault is the narrator. The story is purely subjective from Meursault’s point-of-view.

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ink-smudge | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator is the person who's telling the story.

For example, if you're reading a book, the person writing the story would the narrator. 

There are three different types of narrators. 

3rd person- I've heard people refer to this one as the "God" voice. Simply, because they have the ultimate perspective. They can see everything. When reading third person, it will typically follow the Protagonist (Or the main character,) around, and show things in relation to them. If you were to write a sentence in the third person, it'd say, "Suzy gave the ball to asilnate."

1st person- This is the narrative voice in which the main character IS the person telling the story. So, instead, it says, "I gave the ball to asilnate."

2nd person- This narrative voice is not used very often, but it's when the narrator tells you what you're doing. "You gave the ball to asilnate."

Note: Not to be confused with breaking the fourth wall, "I gave the ball to you."

The narrator has the ultimate power in what the reader knows about the story, and books are made or broken by how compelling the narrative voice is.

Hope this helps. :)

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StephanieRR | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM (Answer #2)

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The narrator for the story The Cold Equations isn't a character, as is sometimes the case. Instead, the narration is delivered from a third-person perspective. Though the narrator isn't a particular character, it does particularly follow Barton, the pilot, and his thoughts about the event that transpires. This means that, while the narration does not have Barton saying, "I saw that the stowaway was a girl, and I felt a sinking feeling in my chest," the third-person narration still reveals Barton's feelings to us in the words, "He stared without speaking, his hand dropping away from the blaster, and acceptance of what he saw coming like a heavy and unexpected physical blow." This form of third-person narration is often referred to as "third-person limited," because although third-person narrator's have the ability to see and narrate everything, in this particular story the narrator limits itself to the reflections of one character.

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