In "The Way Up to Heaven," what type of narrator does Dahl use? Does the point of view stay the same for the whole story, or does it shift? If it does shift, why?

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In "The Way Up to Heaven," the author uses the common third-person anonymous narrator with the point of view limited to a single character, Mrs. Foster. The narrator is seemingly omniscient but does not go into Mr. Foster's mind as he does throughout the story with Mrs. Foster. She often wonders about her husband's secret thoughts, but the narrator only suggests what he is thinking by describing what he says and does. It isn't until the end of the story that Mrs. Foster realizes how her husband has been torturing her over the years by creating delays that make her miss important appointments, just as he does in "The Way Up to Heaven."

All her life, Mrs. Foster had had an almost pathological fear of missing a train, a plane, a boat, or even a theatre curtain. In other respects, she was not a particularly nervous...

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