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What is the story's point of view? (Roselily)

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The structure of this story on the page can make it appear, at first, as if something odd is going on in terms of its point of view, but once we've gotten to grips with what is actually happening in the story, we can see that it's fairly straightforward. The story is written in third person limited point of view, with all thoughts and feelings being those of the protagonist, Roselily . However, Roselily's thoughts are framed, or cued, by the words of the minister conducting her wedding ceremony. These words are written in italics in the story; the minister giving the service is not narrating the story, or contributing a point of view to it. He is merely speaking, and Walker has chosen to mark his spoken words obliquely, using italics, rather than with traditional quotation marks...

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