Describe the tone of voice of the narrator and how the narratorial vioce enhances the style of "The Enormous Radio."

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The narrator of "The Enormous Radio" has an ironic tone voice and is objective, but is somewhat biased, picking and choosing what to reveal about thoughts and feelings. For example, when Irene opens the new gumwood radio:

She was struck at once with the physical ugliness of the large gumwood cabinet. Irene was proud of her living room...

The narrator's choices of revelation of inner aspects, though delivered without emotionalism, give an ironic look beneath the surface of Irene's and Jim's statistically correct composure. This combination of ironic voice with a subtle note of negative bias enhances the exposure of the dark side of marital and statistical normality that will be revealed as the story continues.

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The Enormous Radio

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