In "The Confession" by Anton Chekhov, who is the narrator?

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The narrator of "The Confession" is the rather foolhardy and unfortunate Gregory Kuzmich, who has recently received a promotion to the position of cashier, which gives him access to the cashbox of his place of work. This account is written in the first person, which means that it is Gregory Kuzmich himself who tells the reader his story from his perspective. This can be identified through the use of the pronoun "I," as in the following example from the beginning of the story:

I felt as elated as a cab driver who had been given a gold coin by mistake. I wanted to laugh, to cry, to pray. I was in seventh heaven: I had just been made a cashier!

The use of the first person perspective in literature compared to the third person creates more of a bond between the reader and the narrator, as the reader is allowed to see their world through their eyes, and thus the reader feels sympathy towards them, and in the case of Gregory Kuzmich, pity as his story continues and others exploit him revealing their hypocrisy only for Kuzmich himself to pay the price for his own stupidity and naivety.

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