How does the point of view of the characters in "Jumping Mouse" by Hyemeyohsts Storm influence the reader?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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The Native American folklore tale "The Story of Jumping Mouse" was written by Hyemeyohsts Storm in the third person point of view but with a primary focus on the character little Mouse. Through third person point of view, we're able to hear little Mouse's thoughts plus observe other characters' reactions to little Mouse. Since the point of view focuses on little Mouse, the reader is able to sympathize with little Mouse and believe his version of what he experiences.

We can easily see the point of view is third person once we read the very first line of the story. In third person point of view, the narrator is not a character in the story, so we will not see pronouns like "I" when the narrator is speaking. Instead, we'll see third-person wording and third-person pronouns, just like we see "he" being used at the start of the second sentence: "He was a Busy Mouse."

Later, when little Mouse starts asking his fellow mice about the faint roaring noise he hears in his ears, we get our first look at other characters' responses to little Mouse, which helps us develop sympathy for little Mouse. The following is one example of another characters' response toward little Mouse, written in third person: "Are you [little Mouse] foolish in your Head? What Sound?"

The third-person narration also helps the reader develop a sense of sympathy for little Mouse by relaying little Mouse's thoughts and feelings, such as his fears, his choices to be brave, and his decisions to sacrifice himself for the sake of others.

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