Who is the speaker of Raymond Carver's "Neighbors" and whose point of view is the story told from?

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Carver uses an objective point of view in his story, "Neighbors."  This point of view is known as a "Fly on the wall" point of view.  You can think of it as a "Camera on the wall" point of view.  Description is kept to an absolute minimum and the author/narrator does not interpret orintrude.  What the reader sees is what happens, period.  The story is written in third-person limited, limited to the view of the husband.  We see what he does when he is in the neighbor's home, for instance, but not what his wife does.  Carver is famous for this minimalist method of narration.

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