From which point of view is the story "A Day's Wait" narrated? 

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The story is told from the father's point of view. It is first person, so that we are perceiving all of the events through the father's eyes, as if a video camera is mounted on his shoulder. We can only see and hear what he sees and hears.

In this story, the point of view is centrally important as the whole story pivots on readers having access to only one point of view.

The father takes the situation of his son's fever very casually, knowing it will soon pass. The son, however, thinks his temperature of 102 means he is going to die.

The father knows his son is acting strangely, but doesn't think much of it. It is only at the very end of the story that he—and we as readers—understand the communication mix-up. The ending has the surprising impact it does on us because of our being limited solely to the father's point of view.

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Ernest Hemingway's "A Day's Wait" is told from the first person point of view: the father relates the tale. Moreover, it is he who inadvertently effects the boy's mistake of measuring his temperature in Celsius rather than in Fahrenheit.

Because his son Schatz has attended school in France, he believes his temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, having heard at school that a person cannot live with a temperature of 44 degrees the boy determines that he will die after he overhears the physician. Unfortunately, the father has not realized this confusion in poor Schatz's mind. In fact, the boy is never the same:

He had been waiting to die all day, ever since nine o'clock in the morning.

The father's casual treatment of his son's temperature, along with his point of view has led the boy to adopt a courageous determination in his wait for death.

Thus, this "local color" short story of Hemingway, presents a "slice of life" short story that in its depiction helps to heighten the broader applications that emerge from this story.

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