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What is the narrative point of view of "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai? How does this point of view influence your understanding of the main character, Ravi, and his development in the story?

In the short story "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai, the narrative point of view begins with third person omniscient and then changes to third person limited. Desai does this to first set the background of the hide and seek game and what it means to Ravi, and then zoom in on what Ravi goes through as he experiences the high and low points of childhood.

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Anita Desai's short story "Games at Twilight" is narrated by a third-person omniscient narrator. That is, it's narrated by someone who's not a character in the novel. It's narrated by someone outside the novel, someone who has the power to see and think what each character is seeing. Like a god-like figure, the narrator is all-knowing or omniscient.

The third-person omniscient narrator lets the story convey the feelings and thoughts of children without using language that's typically linked to children. If you ever read a children's or YA book narrated by the child or young person themselves (i.e., first-person narration), you might have noticed that their vocabulary tends to be relatively juvenile, childlike, underdeveloped, or limited.

In Desai's story, the third-person narrative technique lets Ravi be discussed with words that are typically reserved for allegedly more developed and mature people (i.e., adults). The reader sees how children can possess intricate feelings. Children,...

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