From what point of view is the story “Lust” told? What effect does the switch from “I” to “you” have on the style of the story? Is it essential to the story’s style to have this switch in the point of view?

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The story "Lust" by Susan Minot is told from the point of view of the narrator, a promiscuous young woman who is analyzing sexuality from her own perspective. This means that the story is told from a first-person point of view. This is evident from the very start of the story, where she uses the pronoun "I" to narrate her own story.

Leo was from a long time ago, the first one I ever saw nude. ... I met him the first month away at boarding school. ... I flipped.

The use of the first-person point of view is more effective in this story than switching to a second- (you) or third-person (he, she, they) point of view because,...

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