I need to write one of these short stories from a different perspective "Custody of the Pumpkin" or "My Greatest Ambition." I am bad at this stuff: can somebody help?

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This assignment is asking you to look at one of the two stories and change the perspective which means that you write the story through different eyes or a different lens.  For example, in the story "Custody of the Pumpkin" by P.G. Wodehouse, you might look at what happens through the eyes of the head gardener, Angus McAllister.  For each important action or attitude in the story, you could change it to a first person view from Mr. McAllister insteadof third person.  Perhaps it would be easier for you if you changed the view to that of the son, Freddie.  Just like Angus McAllister, he is impatient with his father, Lord Emsworth, and his antiquated attitude about the younger son not marrying the cousin of the garderner.  Then, your story could be told from a young person's perspective who does not agree with his father.  If you have ever disagreed with your own father, you would understand how Freddie feels and could use that in your version of the story.  If you chose "My Greatest Ambition" by Morris Lurie, one of the things you would change is the first person narration or how the boy thinks.  Be the person who has to judge the merits of the comics for publication or change the boy's ideas of what he should do, because thirteen year olds often go from idea to idea. You must have an ambition, and you could look at this story through your own lens on life.  All of these are suggestions; choose what best fits you and which story speaks to you and your own perspective. 

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