In the story "Kath and Mouse" by Janet McNaughton, is the narrator inside or outside the story, and how does this impact the point of view?

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In “Kath and Mouse,” the narrator is Kevin, Kath’s twin brother.  Kevin plays an important role in the story, and we are seeing the action unfold through his eyes.  The narrator therefore is inside the story, and not only does he experience the plot, he affects it.  We know this...

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In “Kath and Mouse,” the narrator is Kevin, Kath’s twin brother.  Kevin plays an important role in the story, and we are seeing the action unfold through his eyes.  The narrator therefore is inside the story, and not only does he experience the plot, he affects it.  We know this from the very beginning, due to the use of the pronoun I in the story.  Because we only get Kevin’s perspective on the events unfolding in the text, and all our understanding of the other characters stems from his own understanding (that is, we don’t get inside anyone else’s head, and can’t know their motives and feelings), we can say that the point of view is first person limited.  Take, for example, the following lines:  “As I put the music on the piano, [Helen] rushed off stage. For a minute, I thought she‘d bolted, but she came back with a stool to sit on.”  We are limited to Kevin’s thoughts on Helen’s actions, and can’t know what her intentions are until Kevin knows, and tells us himself.

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